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International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins Nobel Peace Prize

October 6, 2017, 9:26 AM UTC
Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony 2008
OSLO, NORWAY - DECEMBER 10: A plaque depicting Alfred Nobel at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony 2008 in Oslo City Hall on December 10, 2008 in Oslo, Norway. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008 to Martti Ahtisaari for his important efforts, on several continents and more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts. The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. His will stated that the prize should be awarded by a committee of five people elected by the Norwegian Parliament. The Peace Prize is presented annually in Oslo, Norway, in the presence of the king, on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel's death. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has won the Nobel Peace Prize 2017.

ICAN was a vital part of a non-proliferation treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, which was signed by 122 countries. The accord was largely symbolic as none of the world’s nuclear-armed nations signed it.

“The organization is receiving the award for its 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 Oslo-based committee said on Friday as it warned of the greater increased risk of a nuclear conflict.

The prize, established in 1901, is awarded annually to the person or organization that has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses,” according to the will of its founder, Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel.

Last year, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, for his role in bringing to an end the country’s 50-year war with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgency.