MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Determine the fight against hunger
This year, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the United Nations World Food Program (WEP). The chairmen of the working groups on human rights and humanitarian aid as well as economic cooperation and development of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Michael Brand and Volkmar Klein, state:
“We congratulate the United Nations World Food Program and its director, David Beasley, on the Nobel Peace Prize. Your fight against hunger in the crisis regions of the world deserves our respect, our thanks and our concrete support.
Food ensures the survival of millions of people. For decades, the largest international humanitarian organization has made an important contribution to maintaining the often fragile peace in conflict regions. This mission has never been as important as it is today. Because never were so many people on the run as there are currently – almost 80 million. However, the number and duration of conflicts continue to grow.
The corona pandemic is exacerbating global hunger. According to the United Nations, 690 million people were starving even before the outbreak. Humanitarian aid organizations now fear it will grow to one billion. “
Brand: “The corona pandemic can hit the worst where hunger and poverty are greatest. The challenges for the WEP are huge. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize is an urgent call to the international community to intensify multilateral work and to reliably finance the WEP. If the world’s governments hadn’t arrogantly ignored the WEP’s calls for help in 2015/16, many things would have turned out differently. This teaching should serve as a mandate for decisive action and lead to concrete commitments in the event of natural disasters, conflicts and wars. “
Klein: “The WEP does invaluable work for sustainable supply in the poorest countries. It has already helped over a million smallholders, especially in Africa and Latin America, to produce sustainably and to supply local markets. This strengthens self-sufficiency and is the best way to prevent hunger crises. “
Background: Germany is a founding member (1961) of the World Food Program and has been the second largest donor since 2016. In 2019, Germany funded the World Food Program with almost 750 million euros from the budgets of the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
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