The Government of Chile extends its warmest congratulations to the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
ICAN brings together numerous governmental organizations with a long history of advancing nuclear disarmament and has played a leading role in the negotiating process that culminated on 7 July with the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The instrument was signed in New York by the President of the Republic on the same day that it was opened for signature on 20 September. Our country is thus among the original subscribers to a Treaty that seeks to delegitimize not only nuclear weapons, but also the doctrines that seek to justify them.
The Government of Chile welcomes the recognition that this award gives to the role of civil society in global governance. The voice of non-governmental organizations and academia broadens the legitimacy of collective efforts to confront global threats to peace and international security and contributes to the democratization of international organizations: an objective that Chile has pursued for many years.