ICAN WINS 2017 Nobel Peace Award
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The group mounted an extraordinarily effective and diverse global campaign that helped secure the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by 122 UN member states on July 7, 2017. The landmark agreement declares nuclear weapons illegal because of their catastrophic consequences and based on the principles of international humanitarian law.
According to the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA), A member of ICAN and the representative of the group in Ghana, ‘honoring ICAN as the 2017 Nobel Peace Laureate reaffirmes that prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons is the most urgent security priority of our time’.
ICAN was launched in 2007 by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the 1985 Nobel Peace Laureate. It now comprises 468 civil society organizations and thousands of campaigners in 101 countries, who all contributed immensely to achieving the feat of banning Nuclear Weapons.
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize does more than recognize the Ban Treaty as a major step forward in nuclear disarmament,” said IPPNW co-president Ira Helfand. “It reminds us that we remain hostage to what can only be considered suicide bombs. Now that nuclear weapons have been stigmatized and prohibited, it’s up to all of us to increase the legal, moral and political pressure on the nuclear-armed and nuclear-dependent states. Our task will not be finished until the last nuclear weapon has been eliminated from the last arsenal on Earth.”
FOSDA indicated that FOSDA is proud to be a member of ICAN. ‘It feels good to know that our efforts have paid off and will go a long way to rid the world of the devastating effects of Nuclear Weapons’. ‘This award goes to everybody who has ever supported the idea of banning Nuclear Weapons.’
Ghana should also be proud of this award because as a state, Ghana has been actively involved in the process to ban Nuclear Weapons and was one of the first fifty states to sign the ban Treaty when it was opened for singing in September 2017. FOSDA urges all state who have not yet signed the treaty to sign and help make the world safer.