UNI celebrates decision to award International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an organisation UNI Global Union is proud to be a member of and support.
The Nobel committee chair, Berit Reiss-Andersen said it was due to the group's "groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty prohibition on nuclear weapons.”
She said some states were modernising their nuclear arsenals, and there was “a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth.”
UNI Global Union General Secretary Philip Jennings, “ICAN has spearheaded the anti-nuclear weapon movement at this time of increasing tension with the Doomsday Clock now set at two minutes to midnight. The Nobel Peace Prize is a lift for the entire global peace movement, including unions, engaged in this struggle.
“The Nobel Committee is sending a clear message to all states to sign up to and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and underlining the threat nuclear weapon escalation poses to every-one of us. Nuclear-armed states must start the process of ridding the world of the almost 15,000 nuclear weapons around the world today.
“As an active member of ICAN, UNI is committed to make nuclear weapons a thing of the past. We took 2000 unionists to Nagasaki in 2010 for our world congress to show solidarity with those who understand better than anyone the carnage of nuclear destruction. Every year the Nagasaki-Hiroshima Peace Messengers, including Hibakusha and their descendants, visit us en route to the United Nations, where they present their 2 million-strong petition, calling for a global ban on nuclear weapons.”
UNI Global Union is a member of ICAN and the International Peace Bureau. Peace will be on the agenda when the UNI World Executive Board meets next week in preparation for the UNI World Congress in Liverpool in 2018.