United Nation’s World Food Programme Awarded This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize
(Here is some good news that we could all use during these perilous times – Doug Draper, Niagara At Large)
Posted October 13th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
A Statement by David Beasley, World Food Programme Executive Director, October 9th, 2020
ROME, Italy – The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP) is a humbling, moving recognition of the work of WFP staff who lay their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance for close to 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world.
People whose lives are often brutally torn apart by instability, insecurity and conflict.
Every one of the 690 million hungry people in the world today has the right to live peacefully and without hunger.
Today (October 9th), the Norwegian Nobel Committee has turned the global spotlight on them and on the devastating consequences of conflict. Climate shocks and economic pressures have further compounded their plight. And now, a global pandemic with its brutal impact on economies and communities, is pushing millions more to the brink of starvation.
The Nobel Peace Prize is not WFP’s alone.
We work closely with government, organizations and private sector partners whose passion for helping the hungry and vulnerable equals ours. We could not possibly help anyone without them. We are an operational agency and the daily work of our staff each day is driven by our core values of integrity, humanity and inclusion.
Where there is conflict, there is hunger. And where there is hunger, there is often conflict. Today is a reminder that food security, peace and stability go together. Without peace, we cannot achieve our global goal of zero hunger; and while there is hunger, we will never have a peaceful world.
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.
For more on the United Nations World Food Programme and its work, click on the organization’s website at https://www.wfp.org
To hear and watch the announcement from the Nobel Prize Committee, click on the following – https://www.nobelpeaceprize.org/Events/Announcement-live-video
A Brief Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –
As I was preparing the above information for posting on this site, I happened to be watching a Monday, October 12th edition of CBC TV’s flagship news program The National, and the following segment was aired.
I think every Canadian should watch it. To watch it here, click on the screen immediately below –
For more on the Breakfast Club of Canada and the work it does to fight hunger in Canada, click on – https://www.breakfastclubcanada.org/ .
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