WFP Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

On 10 December, the UN World Food Programme will receive the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, according to the Norwegian Nobel committee "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.” The Ceremony will be streamed live on Facebook

We see this as a critical opportunity to highlight the links between climate, conflict and hunger, and elevate SDG2 on the global agenda. To help leverage this moment, the SDG2 Hub gathers key messages and white-label materials for use by the SDG2 community – please find these below. Join us to elevate this important moment! 

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Key messages: 

A toxic mix of conflict, economic decline, climate extremes and the Coronavirus pandemic’s socio-economic fallout are driving people into a deepening phase of extreme food insecurity.

As acute food insecurity levels appear to be reaching new highs globally, also as a result of the socio-economic fallout of measures imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, starting from already significant levels of acute food insecurity in early 2020.

  • Chronic Hunger: 690 million people in 2019 compared to 680 million in 2018 and 630 million in 2014
  • Acute Hunger: 270 million people in 2020 compared to 135 million in 2019 and 80 million in 2015
  • Population in Emergencies or worse (IPC Phase 4+): 30 million people in 36 countries
  • An additional 83 to 132 million people could become chronically food insecure in 2020 (SOFI 2020)
  • Up to 150 million more people likely to be in extreme poverty in 2021 (World Bank)

In the coming months, famine is a real risk in parts of four countries - Burkina Faso, (Northeast) Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen - if conditions continue to deteriorate for populations partly or totally cut off from humanitarian access. Without immediate, urgent action, the world could experience its first famine since it was last declared in 2017 in parts of South Sudan.

In the next three to six months, 20 countries (Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, The Central African Republic, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Niger, The Sudan, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe) likely to face potential spikes in high acute food insecurity and require urgent attention.

Find more information here in FAO-WFP early warning analysis of acute food insecurity hotspots



  • Example SocialSocial Kit: Find the Trello Board with a complete social kit here
  • Hashtags: #NobelPeacePrize, #FeedingPeace and #GoodFood4All
  • Link to the Facebook Live Stream
  • Tag: @WFP, @WFPChief, @erna_solberg, @antonioguterres, @Astro_Soichi, @FemiOke
  • Example posts: On the 10th of December 2020, the World Food Programme will accept the Nobel Peace Prize.?️ ? Tune in Live to join WFP in marking this honorable moment together:

    'Without peace, we can't end world hunger; and while there is hunger, we will never have a peaceful world' ?️– join @WFP on 10 December 2020, as they accept the #NobelPeacePrize. Tune in Live: #FeedingPeace #GoodFood4All