UN / GUTERRES WFP NOBEL PEACE PRIZE REAX

09-Oct-2020 00:01:53
Hailing the UN World Food Programme (WFP) as the “world’s first responder” on the frontlines of food insecurity, Secretary-General António Guterres lauded the UN agency on winning the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 9 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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9 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“I am delighted by the decision of the Nobel Committee to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations World Food Programme. I warmly congratulate David Beasley, WFP Executive Director, and the entire staff of the World Food Programme, on this recognition. The World Food Programme is the world’s first responder on the frontlines of food insecurity. In my ten years as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, I had the privilege to work hand-in-hand with my colleagues from the World Food Programme. I have seen them in the most remote and dangerous locations with enormous courage, dedication and competence serving the most vulnerable of the vulnerable people of this world. In a world of plenty, it is unthinkable that hundreds of millions go to bed each night hungry. Millions more are now on the precipice of famine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also a hunger everywhere for international cooperation. The World Food Programme feeds that need, too. WFP operates above the realm of politics, with humanitarian need driving its operations. The organization itself survives on voluntary contributions from UN Member States and the public at large. Such solidarity is precisely needed now to address not only the pandemic, but other global tests of our time. We know that existential threats such as climate change will make the hunger crisis even worse. We know that achieving zero hunger is an imperative for peace. A hungry world is not a peaceful world. I salute the women and men of the World Food Programme — and indeed the entire UN team — for all their efforts to advance the cause of peace and the values of the United Nations today and every day.”

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Hailing the UN World Food Programme (WFP) as the “world’s first responder” on the frontlines of food insecurity, Secretary-General António Guterres lauded the UN agency on winning the the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

“In my ten years as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, I had the privilege to work hand-in-hand with my colleagues from the World Food Programme. I have seen them in the most remote and dangerous locations with enormous courage, dedication and competence serving the most vulnerable of the vulnerable people of this world,” Guterres said.

He drew attention to the plight of millions of people going hungry around the world, amid fears that the COVID-19 pandemic could worsen food security for millions more.

“There is also a hunger in our world for international cooperation,” said the Secretary-General, adding that WFP “feeds that need, too”, operating above the realm of politics, with humanitarian need driving its operations.

The UN chief also called on everyone for greater solidarity, to address not only the pandemic, but other global challenges.

“We know that existential threats such as the climate change will make the hunger crisis even worse,” he said.

WFP is the largest humanitarian organization in the world. Last year, it assisted 97 million people in 88 countries.

Its efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of the work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict.
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