News story | Date: 11/12/2020 | Office of the Prime Minister
'The World Food Programme is a cornerstone of the international humanitarian response to COVID-19, and of our efforts to achieve our common goal: zero hunger by 2030,' said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg met today with Executive Director David Beasley of the World Food Programme (WFP).
'I once again congratulated the World Food Programme on the award of this year's Nobel Peace Prize. I am impressed by WFP's dedication and efforts in some of the most challenging contexts in the world. The staff works every day around the globe to end hunger and give hope to people affected by conflict,' said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
There are now some 690 million people going hungry in the world. War and conflict lead to food insecurity. And food insecurity can lead to conflict and violence.
'I am deeply concerned by the rise in the number of people facing acute food insecurity, especially the impact on children. WFP has been saving and changing the lives of hungry people across the world for more than 50 years. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to WFP is more than a recognition of their tireless work. It is global call to action for all of us,' said Prime Minister Solberg.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit vulnerable communities very hard. It is not just a health pandemic. It is putting the world at risk of a hunger pandemic.
'The global, common challenges we are facing, like those involving peace, security and hunger, must be solved through effective multilateral cooperation. WFP's expertise and reach has been and will continue to be a pillar of the global humanitarian response,' said Prime Minister Solberg.