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A U.S. Senate Resolution Honors WFP’s Award of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

December 23, 2020

Statement by World Food Program USA President & CEO Barron Segar

World Food Program USA applauds the U.S. Senate for passing S. Res. 774 honoring the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for receiving the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. In addition to celebrating this historic achievement, the resolution affirms the mission of the U.N. World Food Programme, acknowledges the leadership of Executive Director David Beasley and the contributions of the 20,000 U.N. World Food Programme staff around the world, and reinforces the Senate’s commitment to the goals of ending hunger, achieving food security, and improving nutrition worldwide.

“This strong statement from the Senate comes at a critical time for the U.N. World Food Programme as we work to feed 138 million hungry people this year, an historic high for our organization,” said World Food Program USA President & CEO Barron Segar.

“The United States continues to provide strong leadership for the U.N. World Food Programme’s lifesaving work through robust funding and sustained public and political support, as it has since the agency’s creation nearly 60 years ago.”

The resolution, introduced by Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) and his fellow co-chairs of the Senate Hunger Caucus (Senators Brown (D-OH), Casey (D-PA), Durbin (D-IL) and Moran (R-KS)), also recognizes the long-standing, strong bi-partisan support from the United States for the work of the U.N. World Food Programme. A similar resolution, H. Res. 1191, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Aderholt (R-AL) and McGovern (D-MA) in October.

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