The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the United Nations World Food Program reminds us that global food security is a prerequisite to peace. As world poverty is on the rise following COVID-19 induced economic fallout, governments are being asked to commit more funding and efforts to addressing its many impacts.
The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been attributed to the World Food Program, amid the current food crisis and famine. For Berit Reiss-Anderson, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee: “In the face of the pandemic, the World Food Program has demonstrated an impressive ability to intensify its efforts”.
“ World Food Program Awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Work During Pandemic ” , The New York Times, October 9, 2020
The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 has been awarded to the World Food Program “for its effort to combat hunger”, with praise “for its efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”. An acknowledgement that spotlights the links between hunger and conflict in unstable areas.
“ Nobel Peace Prize spotlights the links between hunger and conflict ” , The Conversation, October 9, 2020
According to a report from the Royal Botanical Gardens, 40% of world’s plant species are disappearing. For Professor Alexandre Antonelli, its Director: “We would not be able to survive without plants and fungi–all life depends on them–and it is really time to open the treasure chest”.
“ 40% of world’s plant species at risk of extinction ” , The Guardian, September 30, 2020
The German Research Vessel Polrstern has returned. After a year-long research expedition to study the Arctic climate and its transformation, the results are bleak. According to the scientific crew: “the sea-ice is dying”. A loss that will have major impacts on global climate.
“ German ship completes historic Arctic expedition ” , BBC News, October 12, 2020
Save the Children is pounding the alarm. Rising poverty following the COVID-19 crisis puts girls at risk. In South Asia, Africa and Latin America, child marriage and pregnancies soar as girls are put out of school and married. For NGOs, governments should commit more funding to address the issue.
“ Child Marriage, Pregnancies Soar During Pandemic ” , Human Rights Watch, October 12, 2020