Awarding WHO Nobel Peace Prize Would Affirm Need For Global Solidarity Amid Pandemic, Opinion Piece Says
Washington Post: Why the WHO deserves the Nobel Peace Prize
Mark Leon Goldberg, editor of the U.N. Dispatch and host of the Global Dispatches podcast
“…The [Trump] administration’s campaign against the WHO has been swift and severe. … Still, the WHO has been able to mount a global response to the pandemic that is succeeding in two key ways that are particularly salient to the considerations of the Nobel Committee. First, the WHO is successfully holding the line against covid-19 from spreading through the world’s most vulnerable populations. … The WHO is also at the center of a global cooperative effort to distribute a covid-19 vaccine worldwide. … Conferring the Nobel Peace Prize on the WHO would be interpreted in the United States as a political act — and it will be. The WHO is simultaneously playing offense against covid-19 and defense from domestic political forces in the United States that seek to scapegoat the WHO for Trump’s handling of the crisis. Awarding the WHO the Nobel Peace Prize would provide the organization a much-needed morale boost while affirming the fundamental premise that a global pandemic can be confronted only through global solidarity” (10/6).
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