Nobel Peace Prize -2017 won by International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Highlights: 

  • International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) an NGOs was chosen for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on 6 October 2017 for its efforts to abolish nuclear weapons. 
  • International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organisations from over 100 countries around the globe.
  • Its headquarters is located in Geneva ,Switzerland.
  • ICAN describes itself as a coalition of grass roots non-government groups in more than 100 nations. It began in Australia and was officially launched in Vienna in 2007. 
  • It is presently led by Beatrice Fihn.
  • According to the prize committee ICAN has been the leading civil society actor in the effort to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. 
  • It was chosen for this prestigious 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.