2020 Nobel Peace Prize-winning UN World Food Programme leader speaks at Minnesota event

Food distribution in Liberia
A man carries a bag of rice while others wait during a food distribution by the World Food Programme in Dolo's Town, some 60 km east of Monrovia.
Dominique Faget | AFP | Getty Images

Venturing beyond the local and national election concerns, this hour we focus on global concerns. Prior to the election, on World Food Day, the organization Global Minnesota hosted a virtual event, and two keynote speakers said the world is at a crossroads.

The COVID-19 crisis, economic decline, growing inequality and climate change are all contributing to global hunger and long-term food insecurity.

David Beasley said in his keynote address that we need to “see the relationship between war and peace and food.” That is no doubt why his organization — the UN World Food Programme — was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Beasley said with all the wealth in the world, “there is no reason for a child to go to bed hungry.”

A second keynote address was given by Jeffrey Sachs, founder and director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions. He said there is a hunger crisis in the US, and around the world.

Mark Ritchie is the president of Global Minnesota, which hosted this virtual event on Oct. 16 on World Food Day.

Create a More Connected Minnesota

MPR News is your trusted resource for the news you need. With your support, MPR News brings accessible, courageous journalism and authentic conversation to everyone - free of paywalls and barriers. Your gift makes a difference.