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Red Cross congratulates ICAN for Nobel Peace Prize

Saturday 7 October 2017

It's time for all nations to sign global treaty and ban nuclear weapons 

Australian Red Cross congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which has just been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. 

"We are delighted that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize.  It is very well deserved recognition of their tireless work over the past decade to eliminate nuclear weapons," said Australian Red Cross CEO, Judy Slatyer. 

"ICAN has been awarded the prize for 'its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons'. 

"Since the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Red Cross has been working to reduce the unacceptable humanitarian risks of nuclear bombs. 

"A single nuclear weapon can instantly destroy an entire city and kill most inhabitants. No emergency response and relief operations would be able to cope following a nuclear attack or accident.

"In the past decade, ICAN has been at the forefront, with us and others to reduce the risks of nuclear war, resulting in the first ever Treaty banning nuclear weapons. More than 120 nations have agreed to the Treaty but we have a long way to go." Ms Slatyer said. 

"We hope this important and welcome recognition for ICAN will reignite global action to eliminate nuclear weapons. It's the only safe option for humanity.

"The ultimate prize will come when all nations commit to ridding the world of nuclear weapons once and for all."

All media enquiries, please contact Antony Balmain, 0408 018 609 or email abalmain@redcross.org.au

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