World Food Programme wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
- According to the Nobel Assembly, it has made a strong contribution towards mobilising UN Member States to combat the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.
- The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian organization that promotes food security in over 88 countries in the world.
- Between 1901 and 2019, the
Nobel Peace Prizehas been awarded 100 times to 134 Nobel Laureates, 107 individuals, and 27 organizations.
According to the Nobel Assembly, it has made a strong contribution towards mobilising UN Member States to combat the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.
The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian organization that promotes food security in over 88 countries in the world.
The Nobel Prize honours people who "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses". A panel chooses the recipients in Oslo, Norway.
Last year, the Nobel Prize in Peace was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali "for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea."
Between 1901 and 2019, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 100 times to 134 Nobel Laureates, 107 individuals, and 27 organizations.
The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and prize money of 10 million kronor (over $1.1 million), courtesy of a bequest left more than a century ago by the creator of the awards, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. The amount was increased recently to adjust for inflation.
Nobel Prizes 2020
The 2020 Nobel Prize week began on Monday, October 5. The Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine to Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and British-born scientist Michael Houghton for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus.
On Tuesday, the Nobel prize for Physics went to Roger Penrose of Britain, Reinhard Genzel of Germany, and Andrea Ghez of the United States for their breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes. And on Wednesday, October 7, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the method for genome editing.
On the fourth day of 2020 Nobel Prize week, American poet Louise Glück won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal,”
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