World Food Programme: The need for international solidarity and multilateral cooperation is more evident today than at the present time and this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has also been awarded for a similar work that has worked beyond the borders for the good of humanity. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the World Food Program. The Nobel Prize Committee has said that the program has made efforts to stop the use of hunger as a weapon in wars and conflicts.
The World Food Programme is the largest organization working on the issue of world hunger and promoting food security. In 2019, the World Food Program provided assistance to about 10 crore people from 88 countries who were victims of food security and hunger. In the year 2015, the eradication of hunger was adopted as one of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The World Food Program is the main instrument of the United Nations to realize this goal.
Starvation increased due to Corona epidemic and violent conflicts
According to the Nobel Prize Committee, the world has seen a negative trend in the war against hunger in recent years. According to a report, 13 crores 50 lakh people were suffering from acute starvation in the year 2019, this number is the highest in many years of history. Much of this growth was due to wars and armed disputes. Along with this, due to the current crisis Corona Virus global epidemic, the number of people suffering from hunger has increased worldwide.
In countries like Yemen, Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Burkina Faso, violent conflicts and epidemics have created a severe crisis and large numbers of people have come to the brink of starvation. In relation to the epidemic, the World Food Programme has demonstrated an impressive ability to intensify its efforts. The organization itself has stated that ‘until we have the epidemic vaccine, the most effective vaccine against clutter is food.’
The World Food Programme was an active participant in the diplomatic process of unanimously adopting Resolution 2417 of the United Nations Security Council in May 2018. It first explicitly addressed the link between conflict and hunger. The United Nations Security Council underlined the obligation of member states of the United Nations to ensure that food aid reaches the needy. The Security Council condemned the use of starvation as a method of war.
Prize money is far less than the World Food Programme needs
As a prize, the World Food Programme will be given one crore cron (about eight crore rupees) in cash and a gold medal at a ceremony held in Oslo on 10 December. The award is given on the death anniversary of Alfred Nobel. However, the prize money is far less than what the World Food Program needs. So far, it has received $ 6.4 billion in aid in the form of cash and goods, of which nearly a third, ie $ 2.7 billion in aid has come from the US alone.
Announcing the Nobel Peace Prize, the chair of the Nobel Committee in Oslo, the Nobel Peace Prize, said that with this year’s honour, the committee’s desire is to draw the world’s attention to the millions of people who suffer from hunger or who are at risk of it. Are facing. He said the World Food Programme has played an important role in multi-level cooperation to make food security the key to peace. The committee said that the problem of hunger has become serious again in recent years.
At the same time, David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme, said that the entire team deserves this honour. Beasley said, I know that I do not deserve this kind of respect, but all the men and women who are reducing their lives every day with the World Food Programme and our partners, are at stake. Are entitled to At the same time, Institute Director Dan Smith said that the global problem of hunger is increasing and it is a global problem of violent conflict.