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Dr. Helfand, IPPNW receive NAPF peace leadership award
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has honored Dr. Ira Helfand and IPPNW with the 2017 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award. Dr. Helfand received the award at NAPF’s 34th Annual Evening for Peace on October 22 in Santa Barbara, California. The Foundation cited IPPNW’s “instrumental role at the United Nations Conference to negotiate a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” and Dr. Helfand’s work on nuclear famine.
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ICAN receives 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award 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.

York Congress statement: A milestone for nuclear abolition
The new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted on July 7 by 122 UN Member States, is a major step toward the ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons. For the first time, nuclear weapons have been explicitly condemned and declared illegal because of their medical, environmental, and humanitarian consequences, placing those who continue to possess and rely upon them on the wrong side of a powerful new international norm.
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Health federations call Ban Treaty a “significant forward step” toward elimination of nuclear weapons
The landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), adopted on July 7 by 122 non-nuclear-weapon states following negotiations earlier this year, prohibits the development, testing, production, possession, stockpiling, use, or threatened use of nuclear weapons. The Treaty completes the process of stigmatizing and delegitimizing nuclear weapons on the basis of their catastrophic health, environmental, and humanitarian impacts.
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