The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was on Friday awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2017. A panel appointed by Norwegian parliament chose the winner from a total of 318 candidates. The prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns ($1.10 million) will be given on December 10 in Oslo.

“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,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said after the announcement.

“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 Peace Prize committee further said.

Referring to North Korea, the committee said some countries are modernising their nuclear arsenal, which could pose a real danger to the world.

“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,” the committee said.

ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organisations from nearly 100 different countries around the world, which advocates prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. It was founded in Vienna in 2007 on the fringes of international conference. 

Nobel Peace Prize is presented in Oslo, Norway as opposed to other Nobel Prizes which ar given in Stockholm, Sweden. Alfred Nobel was the founder of Nobel Prize and had declared in his will that Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded  by a Norwegian committee.In 2016,  Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.

First Published | 6 October 2017 4:29 PM
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