The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), in Oslo, Friday.
Speaking about the factors behind the decision, Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee explained that “ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organisations from around 100 different countries around the globe. The coalition has... Еще been the 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. 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 UN member states exceeded to the treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons 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.»
The decision to award ICAN takes place in the midst of a US President Donald Trump threatening to walk out on the nuclear deal with Iran, and continued nuclear tests by North Korea.
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