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Nobel Peace Prize To Be Awarded Friday In Oslo

Nobel Peace Prize To Be Awarded Friday In Oslo”

The announcement was made in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee.

Past year it provided assistance to close to 1 million people in 88 countries that are victim to food insecurity and hunger.

The prize is worth 10m Swedish krona ($1.1m; £872,600).

The WFP was honoured 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", Nobel committee chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen said on unveiling the victor in Oslo.

A WFP spokesman said it was a "proud moment".

"The need for worldwide solidarity and multilateral co-operation is more conspicuous than ever", chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee told a news conference.

Guesses - and bets - this year had focused on Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, recovering from a nerve agent attack he blames on Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the World Health Organization for its role in addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

There are 318 candidates, of which 211 are individuals and 107 are organizations, and as per tradition their names will not be divulged for 50 years.

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The award will be given to the person who has done "the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".

Even President Donald Trump seemed to believe he deserved the prize.

The Nobel Peace Prize last year went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, whose peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war.

Other winners of the peace prize include U.S. presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Lech Walesa and Mother Teresa.

Nobel Prizes are awarded in several categories to people "who have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind" in the previous 12 months.

A co-winner of the 2014 peace prize was Malala Yousafzai, who was just 15 when she was shot in the head by a Taliban member on a school bus in Pakistan.

Nobel Foundation rules state if nobody deserves the prize in a particular category, it is not awarded and its prize money is kept for the following year.

The WFP has also been instrumental in working to fight increased hunger caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Reiss-Andersen noted.



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