ICAN receives Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

Yesterday, 10 December 2017, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. ICAN executive director Beatrice Fihn and survivor of the nuclear bomming of Hirosima Setsuko Thurlow received the price on behalf of ICAN.

“The story of nuclear weapons will have an ending, and it is up to us what that ending will be. Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us? One of these things will happen. The only rational course of action is to cease living under the conditions where our mutual destruction is only one impulsive tantrum away.” (Beatrice Fihn on behalf of ICAN)

ICAN campaigners from around the world are in Oslo to celebrate this recognition of the campaign’s efforts for nuclear disarmament. Others organized events locally to celebrate. In the Netherlands, PAX celebrated by watching the ceremony together prize with with politicians, partners, and volunteers.

The full text of the speeches can be read here. The full ceremony can be viewed here.

Don’t Bank on the Bomb is a campaign by ICAN and PAX.

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Maaike Beenes is program officer humanitarian disarmament at Pax for Peace in the Netherlands. She works on divestment from producers of nuclear weapons and cluster munitions, and is co-author of the Don't Bank on the Bomb report.

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