Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in a ceremony held online due to the coronaviruses, the World Food Program (WFP) on Thursday warned of a “hunger pandemic”, saying Kovid could be worse than -19.
“With so many wars, climate change, the widespread use of hunger as a political and military weapon, and a global health epidemic that worsens the situation, 270 million people will die of hunger,” he added. . Said director David Beasley.
“Failure to meet their needs will result in a hunger epidemic, which will eclipse Kovid’s influence,” he said, removing his face mask from WFP headquarters in Rome to broadcast his words.
The largest humanitarian organization in the fight against famine, the United Nations agency created in 1961 feeds millions of people each year – 97 million in 2019 – on all continents.
WFP received the Nobel Prize for its “efforts to reduce the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict,” said committee chair Berit Rees-Anderson when he announced the winner on 9 October.
To create a global grip with the nationalist tendency, PAM “represents exactly that international cooperation and commitment,” Ress-Andersen said Thursday, speaking to a deserted Nobel institute in Oslo.
The Kovid-19 pandemic brought traditional celebrations down to a minimum, for the Nobel authorities to announce and present the Oslo Peace Festival, and the Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Literature and Economics awards to Stockholm. It is forced. .
The cancellation took part in lavish banquets and spectacular ceremonies, with distinguished guests and raiyals attending the Tiras, and mainly hosting online events.
Due to exceptional circumstances, the gold medal and the Nobel diploma were sent to Rome in a diplomatic bag.
“Call to action”
“The Nobel Peace Prize is more than a thank you. It’s a call to action, ”Beasley said.
“Famine is at the gates of mankind,” he said, and “food is the way to peace”.
In recent weeks, the agency has expressed concern over the threat of famine in Burkina Faso, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and Yemen.
Already at record levels, the malnutrition epidemic in Yemen and the lack of funds are expected to worsen.
“We are living through perhaps the most ironic moment in modern history,” said Bisley.
“On the one hand, after a huge gap of a century to end extreme poverty, our 270 million neighbors are now on the brink of famine”.
“On the other hand, today our world has assets of $ 400 trillion. Even at the height of the Kovid epidemic, in just 90 days, an additional $ 2.7 trillion in wealth was created. And all we need is $ 5 billion. . 30 million people survived the famine, ”he said.
The Stockholm Nobel Festival was also canceled, replacing previously recorded events for an online broadcast later Thursday.
“The epidemic has put us all through difficult obstacles,” Nobel Foundation director Lars Heckenstein said Thursday.
“We were reminded of the importance of cross-border cooperation in resolving humanitarian crises and with the help of science we can find solutions to the challenges we face,” he said.
“Feed them all”
American poet Louise Gluck, winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature, was scheduled to receive medals and diplomas for the first time in a private ceremony at her home in Massachusetts on Sunday, followed separately for the other laureates living in her hometown recently. time. Different programs have taken place.
This year’s winners will be hosted in Oslo and Stockholm at a later date, possibly in 2021.
To receive the 10 million Swedish kronor (975,000 euros, $ 1.18 million) silver prize, Beazley must give a traditional Nobel lecture within six months.
While saying that “we mourn over the children we couldn’t save,” Beazley concludes his remarks with a desperate appeal.
“When we don’t have enough money and we need it, we have to decide which children eat and which children don’t eat, which children live, which children die,” he said. said.
“Please don’t ask us to choose who lives and who dies… let’s feed them all.”
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