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World Food Programme awarded Nobel Peace Prize Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley

WFP Food distribution in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: WFP/ Khudr Alissar WFP
ROME – 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, 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.


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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.

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For more information please contact (email address:

Frances Kennedy, WFP/ Rome,
Mob. +39 346 7600 806

Emanuela Cutelli, WFP/Rome (Italian Media only)
Mob. +39 347 277 2299

Bettina Luescher WFP/ Berlin,
Mob. +49 160 9926 1730

Tomson Phiri, WFP/ Geneva,
Mob. +41 79 842 8057

Jane Howard, WFP/ London, 
Mob. +44 (0)796 8008 474

Shaza Moghraby, WFP/New York,
Mob. + 1 929 289 9867

Steve Taravella, WFP/ Washington,
Mob.  +1 202 770 5993

Anne Poulsen WFP/Copenhagen,
Mob. +45 40503993

Aneta Szczyglowska WFP/ Brussels, 
Mob. +32 491395420

Tiphain Walton WFP/Paris,
Mob.  +33 674159209

Mari Wagatsuma WFP/Tokyo,
Mob. +81 70 4173 9255

KG Sohn WFP/ Seoul,
Mob. +82 10 8994 2052

Yiwen Zhang WFP/Bejing,
Mob. + 86 13601169994

Zeina Habib WFP/Dubai,
Mob. + 971 52 4724971

Gerald Bourke WFP/ Johannesburg, 
Mob. +27 829081417

Peter Smerdon WFP/Nairobi,
Mob. +254 707722104

George Fominyen WFP/Dakar,
Mob. +221 776394271

Norha Retrepo WFP/Panama,
Mob +507 66715355

Kun Li WFP/Asia, Bangkok,
Mob +66 845558994

Abeer Etefa WFP/ Cairo,
Mob +20 10 666 34352

Jessica Lawson WFP/ Syria,
Mob + 963 965 077 834