The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has won the 2017 Noble Peace Prize for “its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition” of nuclear weapons. ICAN will receive the award at the official award ceremony in December.
Awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Photo Credit: PR/Channel 2 News
The 2017 Noble Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway, announced its decision on Friday and selected the winner from among 318 candidates that compromise of 215 individuals and 103 organizations.
“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,” the Nobel Committee announced.
CEO of ICAN with actor Micheal Douglas Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
“We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time,” said the Norwegian Nobel Committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen. “Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth.”
The Nobel Committee clarified that the prize is not symbolic and repeatedly stressed the dangers of nuclear weapons and the importance of raising global awareness. The winner will receive the prestigious award at a formal ceremony that will take place in Oslo on December 10.
The prize was awarded amid growing global tensions surrounding nuclear activity, particularly the recent North Korean and Iranian actions. Last year, the winner of the prize was Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who received it for his efforts to bring the country’s 50-year-long civil war to an end.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been known to stir controversy. Most recently, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the prize in 1991, has been facing criticism for not speaking up against violence used against the Rohingya minority in the northern part of the country.