The UN World Food Program, which provides food and aid to more than 100 million people around the world, has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, the award committee announced on Friday.
“When we think of the international community, we tend to think of what we can be doing together, but we forget there is also so much that is possible to do alone,” UNWFP’s executive director, David Beasley, said in a news conference on Friday.
Beasley said that UNWFP helped more than 100 million people “under every weather condition possible” this year in over 30 countries, and that the agency could give 1.5 million children a third-meal in need of immediate food relief.
“Children, our future, are pawns in conflict and I’m very much against that,” he said.
The UN agency was given the $1.1 million prize for its significant work to secure food supplies in conflict areas by providing continuous assistance to children suffering from malnutrition, hunger and vulnerability to disease.
Under international humanitarian law, parties to conflict must take all feasible measures to protect civilians and UNWFP works with governments, armed groups and communities across conflict zones to ensure no child is forced to become a fighter or mercenary for commercial gain, Beasley said.