United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP), congratulated the head of the organization David Bisley and humanitarian workers.
Earlier it became known that the UN World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020. According to the decision of the Nobel Committee, it received the award for “efforts to combat hunger, contribute to improving conditions for peace in conflict regions.
“I am pleased that the Nobel Committee has decided to award this year’s Peace Prize to the United Nations World Food Programme. WFP is on the frontline in the fight against food shortages,” said a statement issued by the UN press office.
Guterres stressed that in a world of “plenty” it is unacceptable that hundreds of millions of people “go to bed hungry” every night.
“WFP is out of politics, guided by the humanitarian needs of people. The organization itself exists through voluntary contributions from UN member states and the public. Such solidarity is needed especially now to cope not only with the pandemic but also with other challenges of our day,” the UN Secretary-General added.
He also said he “warmly congratulates” WFP Executive Director David Beasley and all the staff of the organization “for the daily promotion of UN values.