Susi Snyder, Programme Manager Nuclear Disarmament at PAX and Steering Committee member of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, is one of the five winners of the Nuclear Free Future Award. The award ceremony, in cooperation with Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, took place on Thursday, November 17 at the Matlapeng Country Estate in Johannesburg. Susi Snyder is honoured by Special Recognition Award Nuclear Free Future Award in recognition of her years of work for nuclear disarmament in the US, Europe, and around the world.
The Nuclear-Free Future Award (NFFA ) annually honours people worldwide who create a world free of nuclear power and nuclear weapons. Launched in 1998, the NFFA recognises the work of anti-nuclear activists, organisations and communities. The award is intended to promote the opposition to uranium mining, nuclear weapons and nuclear power. The award has honored and helped facilitate the ongoing work of individuals and initiatives struggling to undo this juncture of time for the sake of the coming generations. The NFFA is a project of the Franz Moll Foundation for the Coming Generations and gives out awards in three categories: Resistance, Education and Solutions. Additional optional categories are Lifetime Achievement and Special Recognition. Recipients of the Special Recognition Awards are determined by the NFFA organizers and advisors in consultation with jury members.
Special Recognition Award
The NFFA award, under the category of Special Recognition Award, is in recognition of Susi Snyder’s over 15 years work for nuclear disarmament in the US, Europe, and around the world. As a member of the global steering committee of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Susi Snyder coordinates the lobbying activities of Europe’s ICAN partners, with much of her time poured into the Don’t Bank on the Bomb campaign. The annual research report shows that while hundreds of financial institutions worldwide have made substantial investments in companies developing, building, or maintaining nuclear weapons, others have stigmatized nuclear weapons and refuse to finance their production.
Historical step: global ban on nuclear weapons
Susi Snyder is working with international agencies, countries and global civil society to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons through a new ban treaty. She recently hailed the adoption of a landmark resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty banning nuclear weapons as a major step forward in multilateral disarmament efforts. “Together we are putting an end to the nuclear age and end nuclear violence forever”, said Susi in her acceptance speech on Thursday, November 17.