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2017 Nobel Peace Prize to Australian-originated ICAN

Posted 28 Oct 2017 05:00PM


The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a movement of Australian origin and began in 2007.

It began as a response to the difficulties in progress in disarmament by more official organisations.

Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has been a partner organization from the early days. We warmly congratulate our ICAN-Australia friends for their persistent global advocacy.

While indeed the work of disarmament might be ‘incomplete’, on 7 July this year ICAN secured the significant achievement when 122 nations adopted a UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Australia did not participate, that is, the Government failed to even attend.


The ICAN success in July 2017 has been picked up as one example of the current relationship between Government and civil society in Australia in a blog by Joan Staples on 1 November 2017 at John Menadue's Pearls and Irritations:

CLICK HERE: JOAN STAPLES. Civil Society Highs and Lows 

Australian civil society has seen the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) win the Nobel Peace Prize, the High Court uphold Bob Brown’s challenge to Tasmanian protest laws, and the Coalition extend its attacks on NGO advocacy, targeting GetUp.