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Nobel Prize 2017: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Honoured With Peace Prize

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| October 6 , 2017 , 15:11 IST

The prestigious literary awards have finally reached the most anticipated prize after awarding the laureates in Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Literature. The Nobel Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Berit Reiss-Andersen, a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said that the prize was awarded to the group due to their efforts made "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."

ICAN is a global group which works to promote the implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was first launched in 2007 and currently has 468 partner organisations in 101 countries.

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The award was decided while recognising the world's concern towards nine nuclear-armed powers who refuse to sign the treaty. 

The organisation's head, Beatrice Fihn mentioned, "We’re not done yet... The job isn’t done until nuclear weapons are gone." She added, "Nuclear weapons have the risk of literally ending the world. As long as they exist, the risk will be there, and

She added, "Nuclear weapons have the risk of literally ending the world. As long as they exist, the risk will be there, and eventually, our luck will run out."

The group will be presented with the prize money of 9 million Swedish crowns ($1.1 million).

The awards which started in 1901 as per the will of dynamite businessman, Alfred Nobel honour the extra-ordinary laureates for their great achievements in the fields of science, literature and peace.

Sameen Ahmed Khan

Heartiest Congratulations!!! From Sameen Ahmed KHAN, College of Arts and Applied Sciences, Dhofar University, Salalah, Sultanate of OMAN.