International Campaign to abolish Nuclear weapons wins This year's Nobel Peace Prize
Oct 6, Oslo: The Nobel Peace Prize this year has been awarded to The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
The chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said today that the award had been made in recognition of the group’s 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”.
This announcement comes at a time when the world watches the US and North Korea battle over testing of nuclear weapons and the sanctions against the Asian nation.
The committee said in its formal announcement of this year’s prize that its decision came at time when “the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time”.
It said some states were modernising their nuclear arsenals, and there was “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 international community has previously adopted binding prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons, it said, but “nuclear weapons are even more destructive” and have not been outlawed.
ICAN has “helped to fill this legal gap”, describing it as “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 Nobel Peace Prize, is awarded to individuals or groups for promoting peace and 'fraternity between nations,' is being announced in Oslo.The prize was conceived by Swedish armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel and has been awarded annually since 1901.
This year there were 318 candidates and 103 organizations considered by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The committee is made up of five members, each appointed by the Norwegian parliament.
The nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize are never announced prior to the ceremony and there is 50-year secrecy rule, meaning the shortlists can only be revealed years later.
The Oslo Times International News Network