1. Nobel Peace Prize 2017 LIVE Updates: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons bags prestigious award

Nobel Peace Prize 2017 LIVE Updates: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons bags prestigious award

The Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2017 was awarded to The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on Friday afternoon which was nominated as the winner for the prestigious crown by a panel appointed by the Norwegian parliament.

By: | Updated: October 6, 2017 5:49 PM
Aditi Gupta (Aditi.gupta@indianexpress.com) Nobel, Nobel peace prize, Nobel peace prize winner, Nobel peace prize ICAN, Nobel peace prize winner ICAN, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapon, nuclear weapons, international law, world news The Nobel Peace Prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns (.10 million), will be presented to ICAN in Olso. (Image: AP)

The Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2017 was awarded to The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on Friday afternoon which was nominated as the winner for the prestigious crown by a panel appointed by the Norwegian parliament from a total of 318 known and reported candidates. The Nobel Peace Prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns ($1.10 million), will be presented to ICAN in Olso, Norway on December 10.  ICAN is a joint venture of non-governmental organisations from around 100 different countries across the globe. ICAN is termed as one of the leading civil society actor for its efforts to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under the international law. The Nobel Committee stated that the next steps towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons must involve the nuclear-armed states.

Here are LIVE updates from 2017 Nobel Peace Prize event:

5:30 PM: The effectiveness of the campaign by Ican is a sign of widespread impatience with what many see as the failure to do that: Dan Smith, Sipri’s director.

5:20 PM: Almost 50 years ago, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty committed the nuclear weapon states to achieve nuclear disarmament: Dan Smith, Sipri’s director.

5:10 PM: Tsuboi has devoted his life to the fight to eradicate nuclear weapons, stressing that the weapon is designed simply to kill, as per AP.

4:53 PM: Here’s a breakup of nominations world wise and the number of Nobel Peace Prizes awarded:

International Organisations – 690 nominations, 20 Nobel Peace Prizes. Western Europe – 1694 nominations, 44 Nobel Peace Prizes. Eastern Europe 323 nominations, 3 Nobel Peace Prizes. North America – 964 nominations, 19 Nobel Peace Prizes. Latin America – 345 nominations, 5 Nobel Peace Prizes. Asia – 677 nominations, 12 Nobel Peace Prizes. Africa – 164 nominations, 6 Nobel Peace Prizes.

4:51 PM: Tsuboi, whose ear is partly missing and his face blotched with burn marks, is co-chair of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, or Hidankyo, reports AP.

4:49 PM: The world’s nuclear powers must begin “serious negotiations” aimed at disarmament, the Nobel committee said on Friday, reports AFP.

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4:45 PM: He said that “as long as I live, I hope to work toward a realization of a world without nuclear weapons with ICAN and many other people,” as per AP.

4:43 PM Sunao Tsuboi, a 92-year-old survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, said he was overjoyed to hear of the Nobel peace award going to those who were also working toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, reports AP.

4: 41 PM: Japan, the only country to suffer an atomic bombing in the closing days of the second world, this year’s Nobel peace prize resonated with many, reports AP.

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4:36 PM: ICAN describes itself as a coalition of grassroots non-government groups in more than 100 nations. It began in Australia, reports Reuters.

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4:32 PM:  Nobel win for ICAN ‘a good omen’ for nuclear ban treaty’s ratification: United Nations, reports AFP.

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4:28 PM: A spokeswoman for International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) said the organisation was overjoyed.

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4:23 PM: ICAN chief Fihn says ICAN will use Nobel Peace Prize success to pressure as many states as possible to sign and ratify the nuclear ban treaty, reports Reuters.

4:21 PM: The leader of the Norwegian Nobel committee said the prize was a call to states that have nuclear weapons to fulfil earlier pledges to work towards disarmament, reports Reuters.

4:19 PM: The leader of the Norwegian Nobel committee denied that the prize was “a kick in the leg” for Trump, reports Reuters.

4:17 PM: The Iran deal is seen as under threat after U.S. President Donald Trump called it the “worst deal ever negotiated”.

4:15 PM: The group will receive nine million Swedish kronor ($1.1 million, £94,000) along with a medal and a diploma at a ceremony in December, reports BBC.

4:12 PM: ICAN, a coalition of hundreds of NGOs, is 10 years old and is based in Geneva, Switzerland, reports BBC.

4:10 PM: In July, after pressure from Ican, 122 nations adopted a UN treaty designed to ban and eventually eliminate all nuclear weapons. But none of the nine known nuclear powers in the world – including the UK and the US – signed up, reports BBC.

4:08 PM: “Nuclear weapons are illegal” ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn’s message to Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, reports Reuters.

4:03 PM: Germany lauds the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), reports Reuters.

4:00 PM: Asked by journalists whether the prize was essentially symbolic, given that no international measures against nuclear weapons have been reached, Reiss-Andersen said “What will not have an impact is being passive.”

3:56 PM: Reiss-Andersen said “through its inspiring and innovative support for the UN negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons, ICAN has played a major part in bringing about what in our day and age is equivalent to an international peace congress.”

3:54 PM: “I think this was wise because recognising the Iran deal itself could have been seen as giving support to the Iranian state,” Stenersen says.

3:52 PM The prize is also coded support to the Iran nuclear deal,  Stenersen says.

3:50 PM: The panel wants to send a signal to North Korea and the US that they need to go into negotiations, Oeivind Stenersen, a historian of the peace prize says.

3:46 PM: The prize comes amid heightened tensions over both North Korea’s aggressive development of nuclear weapons and
President Donald Trump’s persistent criticism of the deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme.

3:44 PM: “We are trying to send very strong signals to all states with nuclear arms, nuclear-armed states, North Korea, US, Russia, China, France, UK, Israel, all of them, India, Pakistan, it is unacceptable to threaten to kill civilians,” Beatrice Fihn says.

3:40 PM: We will not support it, we will not make excuses for it, we can’t threaten to indiscriminately slaughter hundreds of thousands of civilians in the name of security. That’s not how you build security, says  ICAN executive director Beatrice Fihn.

3:38 PM: The prize “sends a message to all nuclear-armed states and all states that continue to rely on nuclear weapons for security that it is unacceptable behaviour,” says ICAN executive director Beatrice Fihn.

3: 34 PM: “Norwegian Nobel Committee has its own ways, but the nuclear agreement with Iran achieved something real and would have deserved a prize,” tweeted Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister.

3: 31 PM: Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) and Daniel Hogsta, coordinator, celebrate after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. See Picture

(Image: Reuters)

3: 29 PM: “This award shines a needed light on the path the ban treaty provides towards a world free of nuclear weapons. Before it is too late, we must take that path,” ICAN said in a statement on its Facebook page.

3: 27 PM: In July, 122 nations adopted a U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, although the agreement does not include nuclear-armed states such as the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France, reported Reuters.

3: 25 PM: “We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

3: 23 PM: 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,” reported The Gurdian.

3: 21 PM: Reaction of Executive Director of ICAN Beatrice Fihn when he received the news.

3: 19 PM: We are 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: Nobel Committee.

3: 17 PM: “As soon as the treaty has been ratified by 50 states, the ban on nuclear weapons will enter into force and will be binding under international law for all the countries that are party to the treaty,” the Nobel Committee added.

3: 15 PM: “Furthermore, ICAN has been the leading civil society actor in the endeavour to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. On 7 July 2017, 122 of the UN member states acceded to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” says Nobel Committee.

3: 10 PM: The coalition 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: Nobel Committee

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3: 05 PM: Through its work, ICAN has helped to fill this legal gap. An important argument in the rationale for prohibiting nuclear weapons is the unacceptable human suffering that a nuclear war will cause. ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from around 100 different countries around the globe: Nobel Committee

3: 00 PM: Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition: Nobel Committee said.

2: 55 PM: Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth: Nobel Committee.

2: 50 PM: We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernising their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea: Nobel Committee.

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2: 45 PM: “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,” said the Nobel Committee.

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