Photo/IllutrationBeatrice Fihn, far right, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), attends an event in May along with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced on Oct. 6 that this year's Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which contributed to the adoption in July of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The international nongovernmental organization, headquartered in Geneva, has also supported efforts to spread the testimony of hibakusha, atomic bomb survivors, around the world.

Focusing on the inhumane nature of nuclear weapons, ICAN, established in 2007, has sought to make illegal all forms of nuclear weapons.

The hibakusha who have spoken about their experiences in events sponsored by ICAN include Setsuko Thurlow, 85, who survived the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of Hiroshima and now resides in Canada. Another hibakusha who talked about his experience was Sumiteru Taniguchi, who passed away in August at age 88 after surviving to tell about the Aug. 9, 1945, atomic bombing of Nagasaki. He later served as a chairman of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations.

As of Sept. 25, 127 non-nuclear nations have given their consent to ICAN's Humanitarian Pledge. More than 400 organizations in 100 nations have also given their approval.

Akira Kawasaki, 48, a senior member of Peace Boat, a Japanese nongovernmental organization, serves as a member of ICAN's International Steering Group.