Blue Banner, a Mongolian NGO devoted to supporting international efforts to eliminate nuclear threats, has congratulated the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize 2017, which it links first and foremost with the growing dangers of possible nuclear confrontation among nuclear-armed states, especially between the U.S. and the DPRK, as well as the ICAN’s distinct role in supporting the efforts of non-nuclear-weapon states to stigmatize, prohibit and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons. ICAN is a global civil society coalition with partner organizations in more than one hundred countries reflecting the aspiration and efforts of millions of concerned citizens and peace movements to eliminate the danger of nuclear weapons. It was an important driving force that led United Nations General Assembly sanctioned international negotiations to adopt on July 7, 2017 by 122 member states of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that prohibits the possession, development, testing, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons. The testimonies of the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – the hibakusha – and victims of nuclear test explosions have played an important role in promoting the cause for nuclear weapons prohibition. Blue Banner is proud that Mongolia took an active part in the negotiations and voted in favor of the treaty, which is an expression of total repudiation of nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence by the overwhelming majority of the United Nations membership. Though the nuclear-armed and umbrella states have boycotted the negotiations, the popular movement for total elimination of nuclear weapons was given an important support and push by the Nobel Peace Prize.
Blue Banner, as ICAN’s partner organization that participated in the humanitarian initiative, congratulated ICAN on its well-deserved peace prize and expressed its readiness to continue to work with the latter in the joint efforts to make this world a safer place for succeeding generations.