ICAN Anti-Nuclear Group Receives the Nobel Peace Prize

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Written by JoAnn Chateau

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

“ICAN… 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…

Nobel Peace PrizeICAN 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. To date, 108 states have made such a commitment, known as the Humanitarian Pledge…

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is aware that an international legal prohibition will not in itself eliminate a single nuclear weapon, and that so far neither the states that already have nuclear weapons nor their closest allies support the nuclear weapon ban treaty. The Committee wishes to emphasize that the next steps towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons 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…”

~ The Norwegian Nobel Committee

READ MORE: The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017

Official 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Announcement Video

About ICAN

Founded in 2007, ICAN was inspired by the successful International Campaign to Ban Landmines. ICAN’s focus is on the global nuclear threat that confronts humanity. As a coalition comprised of hundreds of non-government organizations, ranging from local peace groups to global federations, ICAN represents millions of people around the world and works closely with the Red Cross. ICAN was instrumental in promoting the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted on July 7, 2017.

“The world is poised to outlaw the ultimate weapons of mass destruction.” ~ International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

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About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. In fact, she writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends--always with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. Although JoAnn's views are augmented by her former professional life in Psychology and Information Science, don't take everything she says toooo seriously -- what you think and do is much more important! Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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