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No­bel prize goes to WFP

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Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern missed out on the No­bel Peace Prize last night.

The win­ner was an­nounced as the World Food Pro­gramme, the world’s largest hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion, at a cer­e­mony at the Norska No­belin­sti­tutet in Oslo, Nor­way at 10pm NZT. Last year it pro­vided as­sis­tance to close to 1 mil­lion peo­ple in 88 coun­tries that are vic­tim to food in­se­cu­rity and hunger.

“We will never achieve the goal of zero hunger un­less we also put an end to war and armed con­flict,” the No­bel com­mit­tee said.

The names of the other nom­i­nees will not be re­leased for 50 years, in ac­cor­dance with the rules, but book­mak­ers had Ardern in the top three nom­i­nees for her re­sponse to the March 15 mosque at­tacks and spear­head­ing New Zealand’s Covid re­sponse. Other favourites in­cluded the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and cli­mate ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg, with US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tipped fourth.

Asked yes­ter­day about a pos­si­ble win, Ardern said: “I am ex­tremely flat­tered by the fact that peo­ple even con­sider it within the realm of pos­si­bil­ity, but it’s fair to say I never have.”

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