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Statement From World Food Program USA President & CEO Barron Segar on Nobel Peace Prize 2020

Published October 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC (October 9, 2020) – Today, the Norwegian Nobel Committee bestowed its highest honor, awarding the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 to the United Nations World Food Programme for its lifesaving work to promote peace through food security. It is a truly momentous day and the highest honor and recognition of our mission.

Solving hunger is the greatest challenge of our lifetime. Food assistance saves lives for those caught in conflict and natural disasters, and it is a vital tool for promoting longer term development and stability. The U.N. World Food Programme works where the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people live – providing food as a building block of life and a cornerstone for peace.

As U.N. World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley shared today:

“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.”

Now is an opportunity for us to all step up to support those who go to bed hungry every night. Let us come together as global citizens to fight for a Zero Hunger world.

World Food Program USA supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the leading agency addressing hunger worldwide. By mobilizing individuals, lawmakers and businesses in the United States to advance the global movement to end hunger, WFP USA bolsters an enduring U.S. legacy of feeding families in need around the world.

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