The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. It has members from more than 100 countries and the Center for Peace Education-Miriam College is its member in the Philippines. CPE Executive Director Jasmin Nario Galace and Program Director Loreta Castro are two of ICAN’s Campaign Regional Leads in Asia.
ICAN will be awarded for its work of drawing attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its laudable efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons. It was behind a successful push in July for a U.N. treaty that prohibits nuclear weapons. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a historic and groundbreaking treaty. It bans the worst weapons of mass destruction and establishes a clear pathway to their total elimination. It is a response to the increasing international tensions and the rising risks of a nuclear detonation.
CPE, together with Pax Christi-Miriam College members have for the past few years, helped raise awareness on the issue through education sessions, lobbying and public actions. Nario-Galace and Castro have also actively campaigned Asian delegates to the United Nations to support the treaty. The Philippines and several other States in Asia have signed the treaty. CPE will continue its education and campaigning work to ensure its immediate ratification.