Nobel Peace Prize

COVID-19 shows ‘urgent need’ for solidarity, UN chief tells Nobel forum

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for global solidarity and greater international cooperation, and must be turned into an opportunity for fundamental change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a keynote address to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum on Friday. 

WFP chief uses Nobel speech as call for action to avert ‘hunger pandemic’

With 270 million people – more than the entire population of Western Europe – “marching toward starvation”, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) called for greater action to avert a “hunger pandemic”, in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the UN agency on Thursday. 

News in Brief 9 October 2020

  • UN’s WFP wins Nobel Peace Prize 
  • Nagorno-Karabakh: UN rights chief calls for urgent ceasefire  
  • Pandemic has changed online shopping forever: UN-backed survey 
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The World Food Programme: a three-year experiment that became indispensable

The need for the World Food Programme, the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, to exist is starker than ever. From conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to flooding in South Sudan, and the civil war in Yemen, man-made and natural disasters are leaving tens of millions of people unsure if they will have enough food for themselves and their families to survive on.

Nobel Peace Prize recognition is an ‘amazing day’, says UN food agency 

The announcement that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize is being described as an “amazing day” for its workers in the field, who put their lives on the line to help at-risk communities. 

That’s the message from Matthew Hollingdale, head of the agency’s South Sudan operation. 

In this interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, he’s been explaining how the 1,200-strong humanitarian team there, has been helping communities hit by the worst flooding in decades and ongoing violence.

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UN World Food Programme wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, as hunger mounts

The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides lifesaving food assistance to millions across the world – often in extremely dangerous and hard-to-access conditions – has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Ethiopian Prime Minister awarded Nobel Peace Prize: Guterres hails his ‘people first’ agenda

The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been praised by the UN Secretary-General for creating a pathway to stability in the Horn of Africa region.

Nobel Peace Prize win can help eradicate scourge of sexual violence: UN

For Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Friday was a particularly good day.  Ms. Patten was able to celebrate Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege jointly winning the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.  The Nobel award has put the issue of sexual violence in conflict, back on to the front pages. But what difference will it make in the longer-term.  Ms. Patten spoke with UN News’s Conor Lennon.

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Nobel Peace Prize goes to UN Goodwill Ambassador and Congolese doctor, highlighting sexual violence

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

Accepting Nobel Prize, laureates issue strong call to fight climate change

Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize today, this year’s laureates – Al Gore and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – issued a call for bold and immediate actions to curb global warming.