PV International Desk : The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
It won the prestigious honour for its “work to draw attention to the catastrophic consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to a achieve treaty-based prohibition on such weapons”.
The Norwegian committee that chooses the winner sorted through more than 300 nominations for this year’s award, which recognises both accomplishments and intentions.
The prize announcement was made in Oslo on Friday morning, culminating a week in which Nobel laureates have been named in medicine, physics, chemistry and literature.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee does not release names of those it considers for the prize, but said 215 individuals and 103 organisations had been nominated.
The five members of Norway’s Nobel committee unveiled their choice at 10am in what is traditionally an eagerly-anticipated award handed out during the foundation’s prize-giving week.