The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the UN World Food Programme for ‘its efforts to combat global hunger’
- The UN’s World Food Programme has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
- Judges said the prize was to recognise its efforts in tackling global hunger
- Award is a snub to WHO, also a UN body, amid criticism of its handling of Covid
- Other front-runners were activist Greta Thunberg and dissident Alexei Navalny
The World Food Programme has been announced as the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts in combatting global hunger.
The UN body topped a field of contenders that included climate activist Greta Thunberg and Russian dissident Alexei Navalny.
Judges passed over the World Health Organisation, another UN body which was also in the running, amid criticism of its handling of the pandemic.
Also among the field were US President Donald Trump, who became a surprise nomination earlier this year, and Vladimir Putin, who is nominated every year.
The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the UN’s World Food Programme (director David Beasley, pictured) for its role in combatting global hunger
The Nobel committee chose to pass over the World Health Organisation, another UN body that was also in the running, amid criticism of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic
There were 318 candidates – 211 individuals and 107 organizations. Nominations can be made by a select group, including national lawmakers, heads of state and certain international institutions.
The deadline for nominations was Feb. 1, which means that those on the front lines of fighting COVID-19 – which was only declared a pandemic in March – appear unlikely contenders.
Along with enormous prestige, the prize comes with a 10-milion krona ($1.1 million) cash award and a gold medal to be handed out at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death.
This year’s ceremony will be scaled down due to the pandemic.
A surprise nominee for this year’s award was US President Donald Trump (left), while climate activist Greta Thunberg (right) was considered a front-runner
Alexei Navalny, the dissident Russian politician currently recovering in Germany after being poisoned by the state, was also considered a front-runner
On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus.
Tuesday’s prize for physics honored breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes, and the chemistry prize on Wednesday went to scientists behind a powerful gene-editing tool.
The literature prize was awarded to American poet Louise Gluck on Thursday for her ‘candid and uncompromising’ work.
Still to come next week is the prize for outstanding work in the field of economics.