06 October 2017
In recognition of its efforts to achieve a global nuclear ban treaty
The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded today the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), "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 International Campaign to Ban Landmines warmly congratulates ICAN for this well-deserved recognition”, said Amelie Chayer, Acting Director. “We are immensely happy and proud that humanitarian disarmament efforts are being recognized once again, exactly 20 years after the ICBL received the Nobel Peace Prize for its contribution to the ban on antipersonnel mines.”
A broad range of campaigners and civil society members from across the world contribute to ICAN’s activities, including the Hibakusha and other communities affected by nuclear weapons.
On 7 July 2017, the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of the Nuclear Weapons was adopted. It prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory.
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with its coordinator Jody Williams, in recognition of its efforts to bring about the Mine Ban Treaty, which aims to put an end to the suffering and casualties caused by antipersonnel mines.