Nobel Peace Prize awarded to movement aimed at abolishment of nuclear weapons

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October 6, 2017

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to movement aimed at abolishment of nuclear weapons

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), UNN reports with reference to the official website of the Prize. 

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN),” the press release states. 

“ICAN, more than anyone else, has in the past year given the efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and new vigour,” the Nobel Committee noted. 

ICAN is a coalition of NGOs from nearly 10 different countries of the world. 

ICAN is a leading civil society actor aimed at prohibition of nuclear weapons in accordance with the international law. 

The Nobel Peace Prize emphasized that “the next steps towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons must involve the nuclear-armed states.” This year’s prize calls upon these states to start negotiations about the “elimination of the almost 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world.” 

UNN informs that in 2016, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos. 

The Nobel Peace Prize was increased by 1 million Swedish krona.