International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons awarded 2017 Nobel Prize in Peace

 

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a coalition of non-governmental organisations from over 100 countries around the globe.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee honoured the Geneva-based group “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 has been the leading civil society actor in the effort to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. ICAN had in the past year given the efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction.