2013: Peace Prize against chemical weapons

This year's award is in accordance with the statement on disarmament in Nobel's testament. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) co-operates closely with the UN weapon inspectors and is open for all signatories of the Chemical Weapon Convention, which came into force in 1997. Thus the Norwegian Nobel Committee continues its struggle against weapons of mass destruction which it has done several times after the Second World War. Examples are The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2005 and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in 1985.

Once again the Norwegian Nobel Committee wants to be an actor in international politics. Prohibition of chemical weapons has been on the committee's agenda for a long time, and the recent dramatic development in the Syrian civil war has actualised the issue. The Committee wants to put pressure on the international community to act. It is of special importance to force Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North-Korea, South Sudan and Syria to accept the convention. These are the only states which have not joined the ban against chemical weapons. This Prize is also a correction to the USA and Russia for not having destroyed their chemical weapons within the 2012 deadline.
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