WILMINGTON, Del. — U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Nobel Committee awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP):

“In the midst of the worst ongoing refugee and displacement crisis since the Second World War, the World Food Programme continues to lead vital work around the world to combat hunger and starvation and build peace. I’m thrilled that the Nobel Committee has awarded the Peace Prize to the WFP, Executive Director David Beasley, and all of the men and women who carry out the WFP’s mission around the world.

“I often hear from Governor Beasley as he works in challenging environments across the world, and he brings to his work an energy and dedication rooted in faith and optimism. I cannot think of a more deserving organization or individual. The WFP’s work is a reminder of how U.S. partnership with the United Nations can do so much good in the world, saving lives and stabilizing war-torn countries.”

On Friday morning, the Nobel Committee announced the award to the World Food Programme "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict."