This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons). This was reported at Friday’s special press conference of the Nobel committee in Oslo, Norway.
‘The Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons,’ reads the message at the Nobel Committee’s website.
The Committee pointed out that currently, ‘the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time’. According to the message, there is a real danger of eventual use of nuclear weapons – ‘as exemplified by North Korea’. ‘Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition’, the Committee reiterated.
According to the award-granting authority, ICAN ‘has been 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 ’.
The Committee also remembered that in July 2017, 122 UN member states acceded to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapon; after the document is ratified by 50 states, the ban will on nuclear weapons will take effect, and thus will be binding under international law for all the countries that are party to the treaty.