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

By: | Updated: October 6, 2017 3:16 PM

The Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2017 has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on Friday.

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The Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2017 has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on Friday. The Nobel Peace Prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns ($1.10 million), will be presented in Oslo on Dec. 10. ($1 = 8.1556 Swedish crowns). The Norwegian parliament appointed a panel that selected the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize from a total of 318 known and reported candidates. According to Reuters, ICAN describes itself as a coalition of grassroots non-government groups in more than 100 nations. While it began in Australia, it was officially launched in Vienna in the year 2007. The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen while talking ICAN said, “We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time.”

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While making the announcement, the speaker said with the declaration the committee is sending out a message to all the states, but particularly to the nuclear-enabled states. The speaker added, “The message we are sending is to remind them of the commitment that they have already made; they are obliged to work for a nuclear-free world.”

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The Nobel prize seeks to bolster the case of disarmament amid nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea and uncertainty over the fate of a 2015 deal between Iran and major powers to limit Tehran’s nuclear program, according to Reuters.

ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organisations from around 100 different countries around the globe. CAN has been the leading civil society actor in the effort to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law.

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