ICAN Nobel Peace Prize Winners 2017

Congratulations from The Peace Museum to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize 2017. ICAN is an international coalition of several hundred non-government organizations from one hundred countries. It was awarded the prize in recognition of its work across the last decade ‘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 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted on the 7th July with the backing of 122 nations and opened for signatures on the 20th September.

In the words of ICAN ‘The treaty categorically outlaws the worst weapons of mass destruction and establishes a clear pathway to their total elimination. It is a response to the ever-deepening concern of the international community that any use of nuclear weapons would inflict catastrophic, widespread and long-lasting harm on people and our living planet.’

The treaty is legally binding and 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. It also prohibits them from assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to engage in any of these activities.

At The Peace Museum we have much in our collection relating to people and organisations who have campaigned for and supported the abolition of nuclear weapons, including Joseph Rotblat, Greenham Common Women and CND. The problem of Nuclear Weapons will also be tackled in our upcoming exhibition ‘Cartoons for Peace’ opening Wednesday 18th October until the end of the year.

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