UN Secretary-General Congratulates Activist for Nobel Peace Prize

08 October, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepts the applause during the Peace Prize awarding ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo. Santos was awarded

Speaking in Geneva, ICAN head Beatrice Fihn made an explicit link between the award and concerns about Trump's attitude to the Iran deal and nonproliferation efforts.

Russian Federation and China are equally opposed to the efforts to ban nuclear weapons through an global treaty.

The US ambassador to the UN Nicki Hayley says there is nothing she wants more than a "world without nuclear weapons".

Despite fiery rhetoric and threats of a nuclear conflict emanating from the war of words between the USA and North Korea over the past year, the movement to delegitimize the weapons has pushed forward in step.

"Australia's policy of supporting nuclear weapons is contributing to the tensions that exist".

"We must not allow Iran ... to obtain nuclear weapons", Trump said.

The United States " remains committed to fulfilling their obligations in the framework of the Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons ", signed by most of the great powers, "and to work with all countries to enhance global security", and " reduce nuclear risks across the globe", has, however, to know what spokesman of the State department.

It also represented a moment of vindication for the members of the winning organization, known by its acronym ICAN, and for the United Nations diplomats who were responsible for completing the treaty negotiations.

More than 50 countries have signed the treaty, while 122 nations have approved the text, the Netherlands was the one nation voted against the treaty.

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But Washington reiterated Friday that it had no intention of signing the treaty, even though it remained committed to "creating the conditions for nuclear disarmament".

I take the award of Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons - for their work advocating the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - as a strong statement by the Nobel committee against the prospect of nuclear war or any future use of nuclear weapons.

The prize announcement in the Norwegian capital, culminated a week in which Nobel laureates have been named in medicine, physics, chemistry and literature.

Nuclear weapons have defied attempts to contain their proliferation since the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, which led to Japan's surrender and the end of World War II.

ICAN, an worldwide nongovernmental organization headquartered in Geneva, won the award for its decade-long push for the treaty to take effect.

The world's two biggest nuclear powers, the United States and Russian Federation, are reducing their stockpiles of atomic weapons under the 2010 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

The Dalai Lama has been quoted as saying: "I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN". She believes it is highly important that awareness is raised that the treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons has declared that kind of behaviour illegal. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would remain a nuclear alliance as long as nuclear weapons existed, according to Stoltenberg.

Non-proliferation experts did not expect the award to have an immediate impact on the behavior of the world's nuclear powers, but they said it sends a powerful message to policymakers and the public.

All of them, including Canada, fell in line - an uncomfortable stance for the Trudeau government given this country's traditional role as an advocate of disarmament and a pioneer in agreements to ban other types of destructive weapons, such as landmines.

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