ICAN in Germany announces: Berlin Sessions 2014

November 6, 2013

On the 23 and 24 January 2014, campaigners from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Germany will host a new forum on humanitarian disarmament, bringing together international campaigners from the various corners of the humanitarian world. With this initiative, ICAN campaigners in Germany aim to broaden and deepen the network of NGOs working on nuclear weapons and humanitarian disarmament in Europe.

The Berlin Sessions will explore the link between humanitarian/development considerations and nuclear weapons, land mines, cluster munitions, explosive weapons in populated areas, small arms, killer robots and other inhumane weapons. The Sessions are part of ICAN’s overall strategy to make humanitarian disarmament one of the main themes of European states’ humanitarian diplomacy, and to link it to a process to outlaw nuclear weapons on humanitarian grounds.

“We are proud to announce this initiative”, says ICAN campaigner Jacob Romer, “By building on experiences from ICANs hugely successful Civil Society Forum in Oslo earlier this year, we aim to take humanitarian disarmament issue up another level.”

Target group

The Berlin Sessions’ main target groups are European practitioners of humanitarian advocacy work at the national level. The Sessions are specifically aimed at organisations and practitioners not already engaged in the humanitarian disarmament network.

“We are working hard to engage organisations from both Germany and other European countries not already invested in the Nuclear Weapons issue”, Romer says.

Issues and format

In order to make nuclear weapons a priority for key civil society organizations, ICAN will provide a platform to both establish and explore the issue in a broader humanitarian context. By cooperating with other humanitarian disarmament campaigns and interested German organizations, ICAN campaigners in Germany are working to secure a wide range of valuable contributions.

The Sessions on Humanitarian Disarmament will address topics such as:

• Strategies to influence international law.

• Evidence-based advocacy work.

• Disarmament in relation to the post-2015 Millennium Development Goal agenda.

• Divestment.

• Humanitarian assistance in and after armed conflict.

• Efficient public communication strategies.

• Best practices on successful advocacy work past and present.

As part of the Berlin Sessions, ICAN will also host a public reception, concert and keynote speech. This evening event will mainly address the German public, diplomats and politicians.

The Berlin Sessions will be held in Berlin at the Umspannwerk Kreuzberg, a stunningly refurbished landmark of 19th century industrial architecture in Berlin’s most creative borough.

Read more at the Berlin Sessions website.
















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