BREAKING: Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has won

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, has said the award recognises the work of the group to bring people's attention to the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons.

She also said the award has been given to the campaign for its "ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons," The Guardian reported.

The group is includes members from across the world and it is working towards the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons being fully implemented.

The campaign was launched in 2007 and now includes members in 101 countries.There are 468 partner organisations who are a part of the group.

So far the treaty has been backed by 122 countries, however countries which bear nuclear arms or are protected by those that do did not attended negotiations at the UN headquarters.

There were more than 300 nominations for the peace award this year and the announcement came today (October 6) at the end of a week full of Nobel laureate winners being announced.

It is not clear who else was considered for the prestigious award, as the Norwegian Nobel Committee won't release other nominations, according to The Telegraph.

However the committee did reveal that the nominations included 103 organisations and 215 individuals.