International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  • ICAN is a global civil society coalition of 468 partner organizations from 101 countries working to promote adherence to and full implementation of Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  • It is a leading civil society actor which has taken efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.
  • Originally it was founded in Australia in 2007.
  • Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • ICAN’s mission is to shift disarmament debate to focus on humanitarian threat posed by nuclear weapons, draw attention to their unique destructive capacity, their catastrophic health and environmental consequences, debilitating impact of detonation on medical infrastructure and relief measures and long-lasting effects of radiation on surrounding area.
  • Why in news? ICAN receives 2017 Noble Prize

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