“ICAN was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its tireless commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons”, emphasised Michael Linhart, Austrian Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs, during a meeting with Beatrice Fihn, the Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). “This is all the more pleasing to Austria, as we have vigorously been working together really well for quite some time in the fight against the threat posed by nuclear weapons”, said Linhart.
Austria and the worldwide network of non-government organisations, ICAN, were substantially involved in the negotiations which took place in the United Nations for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and which was subsequently adopted on 7 July 2017 by 122 countries. Since then, along with Austria, a further 55 countries have signed the treaty. It is now necessary to swiftly attain ratification by 50 countries in order for it to come into effect.
“The current geopolitical situation is once more bringing the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons to our attention“, warned Linhart. “Only total nuclear disarmament can eliminate this threat. The treaty shows that a world free of nuclear weapons is not a utopian idea. This is why we will continue to work with ICAN in the fight to abolish nuclear weapons”, concluded Secretary-General Linhart.
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