Nobel Prize for Chemical Weapons Organization Inspires Humanitarian Disarmament Community

Last Friday, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.” Unsurprisingly, the Nobel Committee’s announcement, which acknowledged “Disarmament figures prominently in Alfred Nobel’s will”, has caused quite a stir among those in the civil society community working for humanitarian constraints on the use, trade and production of weapons.

“All NGOs working to tackle humanitarian disarmament concerns will benefit from the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to return to its disarmament roots with the 2013 Peace Prize,” wrote the Ministry for
Disarmament blog
. “Civil society will continue to play a valuable role in the international movement to eradicate these weapons and NGOs will continue to work together with victims of chemical weapons, governments, the OPCW, the UN, and the International Committee of the Red Cross to achieve the shared goal of a world free of chemical weapons.”

Hats off to the OPCW and everyone working to make the world a better place by placing limits on the technologies of violence!

~ by Matthew Bolton on 14 October 2013.

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