International campaign for nuclear weapon disarmament, Ican been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2017.
In the reception event at Oslo, the head of the campaign, Beatrice Fihn, pointing to the ongoing tension between the US and North Korea, said, “A hastily taken decision can cause millions of deaths.”
She said, “We have no other way, either we have to finish the nuclear weapons or these weapons will destroy us.”
Tensions between North Korea and the United States have
increased in recent months.
‘Threat has increased’
Beatrice Fihn said, “The threat of such attacks was low during the Cold War, but today the danger has increased.”
Prior to the prize distribution, Beatrice -Anderson of the Nobel Prize Committee also gave similar warnings, saying, “The non-responsible leaders can be in power in any country.”
He said that ICAN has been successful in making the world aware of the dangers of nuclear weapons and is working towards eradicating this danger.
85-year-old Setsuo Thurlow, who had seen Hiroshima bomb attack at the awards ceremony, was also present in this campaign.
Setsuko said that the world should seriously consider Ican’s warning.
After the attack on Hiroshima, Setsuka was rescued from the wreck of a fallen building. He said that many of his companions in the class were burnt alive with him.
ICAN came into existence in 2007 and was motivated by the campaigns being implemented to ban landmines. The organization made its goal of making people and governments aware of the human threat of nuclear weapons.
Key role in the United Nations Treaty
These Geneva-based groups are made up of hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This group has played an important role in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Ban on Nuclear Weapons. This treaty was signed this year.
In July 122 countries supported this treaty. The world’s nine nuclear powers boycotted it.
The only member of NATO, the Netherlands, was ready to negotiate, but he voted against it.
At least 50 countries need approval for this treaty to be implemented.