Anti-Nuclear Weapon Organization Wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2017

On October 6, one of the six Nobel prizes for 2017 was given to the International campaign to Abolish nuclear weapons (ICAN) for their work against nuclear weapons.

The International campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is commonly known as ICAN was founded in April 2007 in Melbourne, Australia and first launched in Vienna, Austria of the same year. ICAN is a global coalition of non-governmental organization promoting the abolishment of nuclear weapons. The coalition has over 468 partners all around the world in 101 countries, including the United States, Russia, and China.

ICAN’s founders were inspired to found the coalition after the International Campaign to Ban Landmines was a success when the Ottawa treaty was signed abolishing landmine use. For over 10 years, ICAN has worked with different organization around the world to promote an adherence to the implementation of the United Nations nuclear ban treaty. The goal was succeeded by a global treaty that was adopted on July 7, 2017  with the United Nation with a   final vote being 122 Yes and 1 No. On September 20, the treaty was signed in at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The campaign group was nominated for the 2017 Nobel Prize in the division of peace. The motivation for the prize was “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.”  ICAN will receive their Nobel Peace Prize from the Chairmen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the presence of the Royal family of Norway. The award ceremony will take place on December 10 in Oslo, Norway.

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