International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The most expected Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the name of the winner in Oslo today.

The Geneva-based organization ICAN was awarded “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition on such weapons.”

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has thanked Norwegian Nobel Committee for “shining a needed light on the path the ban treaty provides towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) wins Nobel Peace
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) wins Nobel Peace. Photo: ICAN

It said in a statement, “It is a great honor to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 in recognition of our role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”

“By harnessing the power of the people, we have worked to bring an end to the most destructive weapon ever created – the only weapon that poses an existential threat to all humanity.”

ICAN expressed over the current period of tension “when fiery rhetoric could all too easily lead us, inexorably, to unspeakable horror. The spectre of nuclear conflict looms large once more.”

Nobel Peace Committee never reveals the names of the nominated persons and organizations. This year, however, several names were reported to have been nominated including the Syrian volunteer humanitarian organization White Helmets, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Pope Francis.

Who are the Nobel winners this year?

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.”

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.”

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017 was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

The 2017 Prize in Economic Sciences, whoever has not been awarded yet. It will be announced on Monday 9 October.


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