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World Food Program Wins Nobel Peace Prize
USAgNet - 10/14/2020

This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the World Food Program for its efforts to combat hunger and its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which presented the award in Oslo on Friday, also described the organization as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.

In awarding the prize, committee chair Berit Reiss-Andersen noted the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global food supplies and criticized the politics of populism.

The WFP, a United Nations entity, was created in 1961 and today provides food to over 100 million people a year.

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the most prestigious in the world and recognizes those who have contributed the most towards ending conflict, promoting peace and building relationships between nations. This year's award carries particular significance in a period dominated by division, economic woes and a global pandemic.

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