Ask a member of parliament to call for a ban

March 26, 2014

+ ICAN’s lobby sheets for parliamentarians

From 28 April to 9 May 2014, the Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT PrepCom) takes place in New York. The NPT faces some significant challenges, and the 2014 PrepCom is unlikely to produce anything even remotely close to the outcome of the Nayarit conference. However, the NPT contains the only binding commitment to nuclear disarmament in a multilateral treaty, and nearly all the states in the world (189) are party to it.

Parliamentarians and other elected representatives can play an important role in foreign policy decision making. By putting the spotlight on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons; by submitting questions to your foreign minister and passing motions, they can put important additional pressure on your government to support our call for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

In cooperation with Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), ICAN has developed a Parliamentary Appeal in support of a treaty banning nuclear weapons. So far 262 parliamentarians in 12 different countries have signed this appeal, and we all should use the NPT PrepCom as an opportunity to reach out to parliamentarians to brief them on our expectations for the upcoming NPT PrepCom and encourage them sign the appeal.

ICAN action points for the NPT PrepCom:

  1. Call your parliament today and ask for a meeting to discuss the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and the 2014 NPT Preparatory Committee, due to take place in New York on 28 April – 9 May.
  2. Prepare for your meeting by studying ICAN’s lobby sheets for parliamentarians. See above to find ICAN’s lobby sheet for your country.
  3. Download and print the following documents and bring them to your meeting:
  4. After you’ve had your meeting, report back to the ICAN team using our online reporting cards. Click here to submit a report from your meeting.

+ ICAN’s key messages to governments at the 2014 NPT PrepCom

  • The humanitarian consequences of any nuclear weapon detonation would be catastrophic and would spread beyond borders remaining for generations to come.
  • It is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances.
  • The risk of a nuclear weapon detonation is significant, with recent research on accidents and near-misses exposing the unsustainable nature of the status quo.
  • Awareness of the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons must underpin all approaches and efforts towards nuclear disarmament.
  • A legal instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons would strengthen the NPT by fulfilling the Treaty’s disarmament and non-proliferation objectives.
  • It is time to start a process of negotiations for a new legal instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons, even if the nuclear-armed states refuse to participate.

Should you have any questions about how to proceed or how to use these resources, please contact ICAN Network Coordinator Magnus Løvold at

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