ICAN wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

peaceprize1-620x350The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on October 6th to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN):

…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.

This was a true collaborative effort of ICAN, Costa Rican Ambassador Whyte Gomez, who chaired the negotiations, and 468 partners (governmental and non-governmental) in 101 countries — which finally succeeded in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons despite all the obstacles and challenges faced by civil society, states, and diplomats.

In addition to Costa Rica, three other states and one international organization deserve particular mention for the leading roles they played: Norway, Mexico, Austria, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

It is essential that the momentum from the Nobel Peace Prize and the achievement of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) be maintained as this is one of many steps to be realized in achieving the total abolition of nuclear weapons.

 For Canadians, there is an urgent need to encourage the Government of Canada to begin a long overdue dialogue on disassociating our country from NATO’s nuclear doctrine as an essential step toward NATO itself abandoning its retrograde and counterproductive reliance on nuclear weapons. – Peggy Mason, Rideau Institute President.

And for those that ask how we can talk about nuclear disarmament when North Korea and the USA are engaged in threat and counter-threat, we say this is  precisely the time to engage in dialogue, to reduce tensions and lay the groundwork for broader disarmament negotiations.

Photo credit: ICAN




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10 Responses to “ICAN wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize”

  1. ArbyOctober 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    Progressives should have nothing to do with the utterly tainted Nobel Peace Prize. I could list reasons, but I can’t imagine that the author or authors of this article don’t know why. Shame on you!

  2. Sylvia SmithOctober 8, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Wow! How timely! Congrats to this organization and the people who made it possible. Collectivity is the name of the game now. We have to work together, all of uplifting one another in order for systemic change to occur.

  3. Carol PickupOctober 7, 2017 at 10:50 am #

    This is an accomplishment to celebrate!! Now we must get the Canadian government to do the right thing and join the nations calling for the abolishment of nuclear weapons.

  4. patrick mceneaneyOctober 7, 2017 at 12:03 am #

    Why do they insist on wanting to build more powerfull nuclear weapons when the world knows it would be insane for any country to use them!!?

    • Howard DoughtyOctober 7, 2017 at 7:32 am #

      Why do “they insist on wanting to build more powerful nuclear weapons “?

      For the same reason that people make baby buggies … because someone will probably buy them. This shouldn’t be news. In his 1961 farewell address to the nation US President Dwight D. Eisenhower famously warned the American electorate about the influence of the “military-industrial complex.” He was right to say that the influence of the US military and its mighty armaments manufacturers exerted too much influence over American foreign and defence policy. It still does.

      The immediate problem, of course, is that “the world” may understand the perils of nuclear arms and the urgent need for denuclearization, but temporary US President Donald J. Trump may not. Neither, it seems, do Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and Harjit Singh Sajjan.

  5. Hilda FranzOctober 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm #

    I am so grateful for the work you are doing and applaud every effort to banish nuclear weapons. Thankyou.

  6. J.WOctober 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    Do wish Canada could have been more in the lead here!

    • PJ RobertsonOctober 6, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

      Yes, well said.

      • Barbara BambigerOctober 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

        But instead Canada is supporting further USA atrocities & there is pitifully little protest from our citizens. Where is the outrage?

    • Howard DoughtyOctober 7, 2017 at 7:42 am #

      As my old granny used to say, “if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.”

      In order to fulfill such wishes, citizens must act. A good start would be to understand that the Conservative and Liberal parties are merely the hard and soft sides of the coinage of social control.

      Tommy Douglas notices this too, when he said that the Liberals and the Conservatives were the “Tweedle-dum” and “Tweedle-dee” of Canadian politics. He should have added that their contests resemble Lewis Carroll’s “Wonderland” in a deeper way: remember “Tweedle-dum” and “Tweedle-dee” AGREED to have a battle.

      Like our American cousins, as Kurt Vonnegut explained in an article in the November, 1972 issue of “Harper’s Magazine” (no relation to Stephen), we have two imaginary political parties and two real political parties. In the USA, he said, there are the imaginary parties known as Republicans and Democrats. and there are the real political parties, the Winners and the Losers. And, he insightfully added, since both the imaginary parties are run by the Winners, in every election this much is certain: the Winners will win.

      Canada is a little different. We have other choices.