OSLO (AP) — The United Nations’ World Food Program has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe.
The U.N.’s program thanked the Nobel Prize Committee on Twitter:
— World Food Programme (@WFP) October 9, 2020
The announcement was made Friday in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee. The Norwegian Nobel Committee maintains absolute secrecy about whom it favors for arguably the world’s most prestigious prize.
There were 318 candidates — 211 individuals and 107 organizations.
The prize comes with a $1.1 million cash award and a gold medal.