The prize comes amid heightened tensions over both North Korea's aggressive development of nuclear weapons and President Donald Trump's persistent criticism of the deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme.
Reiss-Andersen said, "through its inspiring and innovative support for the United Nations negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons, ICAN has played a major part in bringing about what in our day and age is equivalent to an global peace congress".
She said the USA leader appeared to have a track record of "not listening to expertise", and insisted his supervision of a massive nuclear arsenal "just puts a spotlight" on the dangers of such weapons.
ICAN argues that any use of nuclear weapons would lead to catastrophic consequences for which there could be no effective humanitarian response, and so eliminating them is the only way to prevent their use.
With the support of ICAN, the CBS published a Bangla book titled Keno Paromanobik Ostro Ekhone Nishiddho Howa Uchit (Why should nuclear weapons be banned right now) in 2014. "In this context, recognition for the campaign [ICAN] has inspired us", he said.
"The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a huge accomplishment and a very strong signal to the nuclear-armed states that the status quo was not acceptable".
Trump is also expected to decertify Iran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal next week.
In Japan, the only country to suffer an atomic bombing in the closing days of World War II, this year's Nobel Peace Prize resonated with many.
The campaign's founders were inspired by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which had played a major role in the negotiation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, also known as the Ottawa treaty.
More than 50 countries have signed the treaty, while 122 nations have approved the text, the Netherlands was the one nation voted against the treaty.
The United States reacted coolly to the award, and a State Department spokesman said Washington has no plans to sign the treaty.
The disarmament movement, he said, is at a "dead stop" with 15,000 nuclear weapons in the hands of leaders such as Trump, Kim and Russia's Vladimir Putin.
In a statement, ICAN officials condemned that type of "fiery rhetoric" that could inflame and incite use of nuclear weapons.
"The global community is divided between the nuclear powers and countries that do not have nuclear weapons". The disconnect between public opinion and policies in place is reflected in other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations without their own nuclear weapons, as well.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee does not release names of those it considers for the prize, but said 215 individuals and 103 organizations were nominated.
"The belief of some governments that nuclear weapons are a legitimate and essential source of security is not only misguided, but also risky, for it incites proliferation and undermines disarmament".
Ms Hughes said New Zealand had signed the nuclear weapon prohibition treaty, but it still needed to be ratified by the new government.
The U.S. put special pressure to oppose the treaty on its allies in NATO, an alliance that depends at its core on a policy of nuclear deterrence - the threat of retaliation in kind for any nuclear attack by an enemy. "They have not lived up to the spirit of their agreement", he said.