The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the WFP had acted “as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”.
The prize is worth 10m Swedish krona ($1.1m; £872,600).
The WFP, the 101st winner of the prize, said it was “deeply humbled”.
“This is in recognition of the work of WFP staff who put their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance to more than 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world,” it said on Twitter.
WFP head David Beasley told the Associated Press news agency it was “the first time in my life I’ve been without words”.
Some 211 individuals and 107 organisations were nominated for the prize this year. Under the Nobel Foundation’s rules, nomination shortlists are not allowed to be published for 50 years, and the organisation says any speculation ahead of the announcement is “sheer guesswork”.
The World Health Organization and climate activist Greta Thunberg were among the favourites to win this year.