The 2017 Nobel Peace prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for its efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of weapons.
The chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said the award had been made considering the group’s 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 Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 6, 2017
ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from around 100 different countries worldwide. The coalition has been a 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 of the UN member states acceded to the Treaty on the 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 for all the countries that are party to the treaty.