ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn and Setsuko Thurlow, an 85-year-old atomic bomb survivor, received the medal and diploma on behalf of the Geneva-based global network of nongovernmental organizations sharing the goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, said on Sunday that the the world is "one tiny tantrum away" from a nuclear crisis. Their work led to the creation of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which to date has 50 signatories, including Brazil, South Africa and Vietnam. He said he didn't think anyone in the movement against nuclear weapons "could have held a better or more well-articulated speech about why it's so important to get rid of nuclear weapons".
Admitting that the ban treaty is far from ratification, she lauded it as at least a prospect for hope; "Now, at long last, we have an unequivocal norm against nuclear weapons".
Thurlow talked about her experience as a hibakusha survivor of the USA atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, when she was 13 years old.
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"A moment of panic or carelessness, a misconstrued comment or bruised ego, could easily lead us unavoidably to the destruction of entire cities".
The US, Britain and France are sending second-rank diplomats to the award ceremony, which Fihn said was "some kind of protest". Its founding chair, Dr Tilman Ruff, associate professor at the Nossal institute for global health at the University of Melbourne, said in Oslo the Nobel was recognition for the millions of campaigners who had worked over decades for the abolition of nuclear weapons. "I would very strongly urge the leaders (of North Korea and the U.S.) to back down from their very unsafe rhetoric". 'There is only one way to prevent the use of nuclear weapons - prohibit and eliminate them'. (Israel is also widely believed to possess nuclear weapons, but the state has neither confirmed nor denied whether it does.) The nuclear-armed countries opposed the treaty, arguing that nuclear deterrence has helped keep peace between great states through the postwar era. Thurlow immigrated to Canada as an adult and has tirelessly advocated for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea have spiked, bringing forth the possibility of nuclear retaliation into the global spotlight.