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>> The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.>> A coalition of grassroots non-government groups winning the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or iCAN, began in Australia and officially launched in Vienna in 2007.
It is now made up of groups from around 100 different countries.>> The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition on such weapons.>> The committee going on to warn of the risk of a nuclear conflict is greater than for a long time.
The prize was announced amid nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea, and uncertainty over the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear arms deal. In July, 122 nations adopted the UN treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, but nuclear armed states including Russia, China, the United States, Britain and France stayed out of the talks.
And the committee says they must be involved in the next steps in order to reach a nuclear free world. In awarding iCAN with this year's Peace Prize, the committee says it has more than anyone else in the past year, given the efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and new vigor.