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World Food Programme Wins The Nobel Peace Prize


The UN’s World Food Programme has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The initiative was created in 1961, and today provides food to over 90 million people a year.

It was honored “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”

Last year’s Nobel Peace Prize was won by Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister who helped end a long-running war between his country and neighboring Eritrea.

Before him, the coveted award has been claimed by a number of leading politicians, revolutionary figures and global organizations.

Four US Presidents have won the award; Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, who triumphed in 2009 for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

They have been joined by a number of revolutionary leaders and leading political figures, including Nelson Mandela, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Polish dissident Lech Walesa.

International organizations are occasionally honored too; the United Nations won the award in 2001, and the European Union joined them in 2012.

Two years later, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai became the youngest winner of the award, aged just 17.