Oct 8, 2017

Nobel Peace Prize for the ICAN

    I heartily congratulate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize. It would boost efforts of all, though living in differences of methods to achieve the goal or the political affiliations, to abolish nuclear weapons. 

    Also it would be great recognition to the world wide movement to encourage governments to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons for which, unfortunately, some countries with nuclear arsenals and one and only country that was victim of atomic bombs do not show their initiatives to join in. 

    By ratifying the treaty on 21 September, Holy See also exhibited its strong commitment to abolish the Nuclear Weapons and to establish long-lasting peace. 

    I sincerely hope this award of Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN would make dream of many reality.

    Bishop Isao Kikuchi, SVD
    President, Caritas Asia