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Congratulatory Message to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on Being Awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize (October 6, 2017)

(On October 6, 2017, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message to ICAN with whom SGI has been an international partner since ICAN's inception in 2007)

On behalf of SGI members in 192 countries and territories throughout the world, I would like to express our heartfelt congratulations to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.

The adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which occasioned the conferral of the Peace Prize, demonstrates the global impact that can be realized through efforts, sustained by hope, to take on seemingly impossible challenges.

This recognition is a source of profound encouragement to all who have been working for the elimination of nuclear weapons, in particular the hibakusha and the members of global civil society who share bonds of solidarity with them.

Since ICAN’s launch in 2007, the SGI has been proud to work as an international partner toward the realization of a world free from nuclear weapons. The conferral of the Nobel Peace Prize on ICAN is a cause for unmatched joy.

The adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and today’s award mark the opening of a new phase in the effort to abolish nuclear weapons, a rising tide of energy and commitment.

The members of the SGI are determined to make all efforts to promote awareness and acceptance of the Treaty and move forward without cease toward the elimination of this gravest of threats to each individual’s right to life and to humankind’s shared right of survival.