Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
The Nobel Committee announced today that they have decided to award the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. The OPCW was formed in 1997 under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and is responsible for implementing the convention through inspections and destruction of weapons. Although we were hoping that the prize would go to Malala Yousafzai, the announcement from the Nobel Committee makes the strong point that “Disarmament figures prominently in Alfred Nobel’s will.” In line with the large recognition that the Committee has given in the past to efforts aimed at nuclear disarmament, this prize is intended to make a contribution to chemical disarmament.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon ended a press statement today about the prize announcement with the above quote, that “together, we must ensure that the fog of war will never again be composed of poison gas.” The OPCW is partially funded by the United Nations.