The World Food Programme (WFP) officially received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 in Oslo, yesterday 10th December 2020.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize to WFP "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions. for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war."
This award is a tribute to the, close to, twenty thousand women and men who go to work every day and night to ensure that the most vulnerable don't go to bed on an empty stomach. This award is an acknowledgement of the support of our families and loved ones who are constantly encouraging us to keep going on. Above all, this award is also a recognition of the contribution of millions of people who are committed to the "good fight" in ending hunger and starvation. It is to those who are making "good trouble" (borrowing from the famous words of John Lewis) in advocating for the end to hunger and the use of hunger as a weapon of war. This is to all those who say "enough is enough and never again in my name". Thank you for standing up for what is right.
"We believe food is the pathway to peace" - David Beasley, WFP Executive Director
In his acceptance speech, the WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, reminded us that this is a "call to action". In this era of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 270 million people are marching to starvation. "We have to love our neighbour as ourselves. We have to love our neighbours as our equals". It is only through this love that we can help change the lives of our fellow human beings. Let's step up and contribute in any way we can. We all can do this!
I'll end by quoting one of my favourite heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr.