International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins Nobel Peace Prize

The International Campaign to Abolish  Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) currently headed by Beatrice Fihn has won the Nobel Peace Prize for their international efforts in prohibition of nuclear weapons.

ICAN is a coalition of NGOs from around a 100 countries and has has been campaigning to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate 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.

Around 15000 nuclear weapons have been known to exist in countries including USA
UK, Russia, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. These along with Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey who host nuclear weapons as well as Canada, Italy, Germany and many other nations have believed that nuclear warheads are necessary for security.  The Nobel Peace Prize might be a sign to the international community, including nuclear supporting states that the world is growing ready for complete nuclear disarmament and that possessing nuclear weapons does not make our world more secure or safe in any way.  If anything, the provocation of nuclear tests and threats of wars between nuclear nations increased in the past years due to the false glamour of being a ‘nuclear super-power’.

The call for complete disarmament is crucial now more than ever.

The full text of this historic international treaty to illegalize nuclear weapons can be read HERE



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