Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Author : Prof M S Swaminathan
On 10th December 2017 ICAN was conferred with the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 for their efforts to save human kind from nuclear annihilation. Earlier the Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded in 1995 to the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs along with the then head of Pugwash Sir Joseph Rotblat. As the President of Pugwash Conferences between 2000-2005 I had the opportunity to enlarge the concept of threats to human security to include communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS, Dengue, Ebola as well as hunger. We had a conference at MSSRF to discuss methods of enlarging the concept of human security.
Looking at the brighter side, nuclear weapons have existed for over 60 years but have fortunately not been used. This is a tribute to the work of Pugwash, ICAN and numerous civil society organisations. Unfortunately the growing number of suicide bombing incidents indicates that we are now entering an uncharted territory in human conflicts and retribution. All States should not lose even a day in working towards the goal of zero existence of nuclear and other weapons.
(Pic courtesy: ican, international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons)
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.