Nobel Prize Peace Winner 2017
Nobel Peace Prize Goes to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to an advocacy group behind the first treaty to prohibit when threats from nuclear weapons seemed to draw closer.
The group, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a coalition of disarmament activists, has been honored for its work to advance the negotiations that led to the treaty, which was reached in July at the United Nations.
“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 groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement.
The United States, which with Russia has the biggest stockpile of nuclear weapons, had said that the treaty would do nothing to alleviate the possibility of nuclear conflict and might even increase it.
Despite the admonitions, at least 53 member states of the United Nations have signed the treaty since a ceremony to start the ratification process was held at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20.
Under the treaty, all nuclear weapons use, threat of use, testing, development, production, possession, transfer and stationing in a different country are prohibited.
For nuclear-armed nations that choose to join, the treaty outlines a process for destroying stockpiles and enforcing the countries’ promise to remain free of nuclear weapons.
The prize came against the backdrop of the most serious worries about a possible nuclear conflict since the Cold War, punctuated by a bellicose standoff between the United States and North Korea.
Who won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize?
President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia was honored for pursuing a deal to end 52 years of conflict with the leftist rebel group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the longest-running war in the Americas, just five days after Colombians rejected the agreement in a shocking referendum result.
Updated Oct 6, 2017 9:20 P.M.