2017 Noble Peace Prize: ICAN an Anti-nuclear Campaign Group Wins the Noble Price

2017 Noble Peace Prize: ICAN an Anti-nuclear Campaign Group Wins the Noble Price 2017 Noble Peace Prize: ICAN an Anti-nuclear Campaign Group Wins the Noble Price

by Simarjeet Kaur

Today, ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo as the Norwegian Nobel Committee notified that the threat of a nuclear clash is very perilous in current time.

Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairman of the Nobel Committee, declared in a statement “The Geneva-based organisation ICAN was awarded for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition on such weapons.”

“We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernising their nuclear arsenal, and there is the real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons as exemplified by North Korea.” she further added.

The Nobel Peace Prize money of worth $1.10 million will be presented to the ICAN on December 10 in Oslo.

ICAN portrays itself as an alliance of proletariats non-government groups in above 100 countries. It established in Australia and was formally initiated in 2007 in Vienna.

Reiss-Andersen also proclaimed that ICAN has aided to fill up this lawful hole, telling it as “a driving force in prevailing upon the world’s nations to pledge to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.”

“Emphasise that the next steps must involve the nuclear-armed states. This year’s Peace Prize is therefore also a call upon these states to initiate serious negotiations with a view to the gradual, balanced and carefully monitored elimination of the almost 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world.” She said.

She concluded her speech by saying, “It is the firm conviction of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that ICAN, more than anyone else, has in the past year given the efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and new vigour.”

In July, a UN discussion approved the agreement on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  The agreement released for signature during the yearly UN General Assembly previous month.  Till September 20 various states had signed the agreement, which prohibits the exercise, expansion, experimenting or hoarding of nuclear weapons beneath any conditions. Although numerous nuclear powers such as the US, France and UK refused the signing ceremonial.

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