The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) celebrates the announcement that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons will be this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Through its contributions to the successful negotiation of the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty and other efforts, ICAN has helped bring the world closer to recreating a nuclear weapons-free world and assuring human survival.
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN marks an important moment in the popular and nonviolent struggle for a nuclear weapons-free world, drawing attention to the continuing dangers of nuclear holocaust and the imperative of the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. Those of us who reside in nuclear weapons states must now redouble our efforts to end our governments’ reliance on nuclear weapons and to win their engagement in good faith efforts for nuclear weapons abolition.
Toward this end, we urge nations that negotiated the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty to sign and ratify it as quickly as possible and to honor the Article 12 obligation to make their Treaty commitments “part of their political engagement with the nuclear weapon states.”
Like many of the organizations that have joined ICAN in nuclear nonproliferation efforts, AFSC has worked for a nuclear weapons-free world since the cruel and indiscriminate atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
We look forward to continued collaboration with our newest Nobel Peace Prize partner in what must be our successful campaigning for nuclear weapons abolition. Our children and future generations deserve nothing less.