Business Insider The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. It was announced at the Norwegian Institute in Oslo, Norway on Friday morning.
The Nobel committee singled out North Korea as posing a specific threat and praised ICAN as a driving force in calling on the world’s nations to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.
“We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organisations from 108 countries around the globe, promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty.
In July, 122 nations adopted a UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, but nuclear-armed states including the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France stayed out of the talks.
The Nobel prize seeks to bolster the case of disarmament amid nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea and uncertainty over the fate of a 2015 deal between Iran and major powers to limit Tehran’s nuclear program.
US President Donald Trump has called the Iran agreement the “worst deal ever negotiated” and a senior administration official said on Thursday that Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark pact.
The prize, worth $1.10m, will be presented on 10 December.
It is is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will. http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/10/06/nobel-peace-prize-awarded-to-campaign-to-abolish-nuclear-weapons_a_23234741/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage