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IPU congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on its Nobel Peace Prize

ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize. Copyright Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

“The IPU fully supports the work of ICAN, and we are delighted that their efforts in working towards the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons have been recognized,” said Saber Chowdhury, IPU President. “The treaty is crucial for removing these destructive weapons and making the world a safer place.”

“We congratulate ICAN for this award, and look forward to working more closely with them to phase out nuclear weapons,” said Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General. “The wide endorsement of this treaty sends out a powerful signal that there is no place for these weapons in our world.” The IPU is committed to nuclear disarmament and is keen to mobilize parliaments in working towards reducing the number of nuclear weapons and ensuring that existing conventions and treaties are signed, ratified and implemented.

The 137th IPU Assembly, which will take place in October in St. Petersburg, will address the issue in an interactive session, “The UN process for the prohibition of nuclear weapons: What hope for nuclear disarmament?"