The Nuclear Threat Initiative congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and its leader Beatrice Fihn on receiving the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
ICAN engaged in an extraordinary multi-year effort to raise awareness about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapon use and launched a successful campaign for negotiation of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The 122 non-nuclear weapon states that adopted the international treaty at the United Nations on July 7, 2017 sent a strong moral and ethical message to states with nuclear weapons, none of whom supported adoption of the treaty. The difficult and essential task ahead must be to develop a joint enterprise between nuclear and non-nuclear states to focus on the steps needed to achieve the goals set forth in the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Priority number one for all states must be preventing the use of a nuclear weapon anywhere in the world.We all owe ICAN a debt of gratitude for their ambition and perseverance in the global effort to reduce and eliminate the risks posed by nuclear weapons. The organization is a model for the importance of civil society engagement in this arena, and we are delighted that their work has been recognized by the Nobel Prize Committee.