The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday (October 6) to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
The Nobel Peace Prize Committee said that ICAN was awarded in recognition of work to draw attention to catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.
ICAN emerged winner for the prestigious crown by a panel appointed by the Norwegian parliament from a total of 318 known and reported candidates.
The Nobel Peace Prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns ($1.10 million), will be presented to ICAN in Olso, Norway on December 10.
About Nobel Peace Prize Winner ICAN:
ICAN is a joint venture of non-governmental organisations from around 100 different countries across the globe.
ICAN is termed as one of the leading civil society actor for its efforts to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under the international law.
The Nobel Committee stated that the next steps towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons must involve the nuclear-armed states.
Announcing the prize, committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen, said that “through its inspiring and innovative support for the U.N. negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons, ICAN has played a major part in bringing about what in our day and age is equivalent to an international peace congress.”