ICAN report on Nayarit conference: a turning point in global efforts to ban nuclear weapons
April 16, 2014
“In the past, weapons have been eliminated after they have been outlawed. We believe this is the path to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.”
– Chair’s summary, Nayarit conference, February 2014
The Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Mexican government in Nayarit in February 2014, marked a turning point in global efforts to outlaw the most destructive weapons of all. It demonstrated, beyond doubt, that urgent action is needed to avert a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions.
As the global civil society coalition working for a treaty banning nuclear weapons, ICAN strongly supports the vision laid out by the Nayarit conference chair for the initiation of a diplomatic process to negotiate a legally binding instrument against nuclear weapons, which would facilitate and greatly speed up their complete eradication from the world.
One hundred and forty-six governments attended the Nayarit conference, reflecting the deep global concern about the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons and the strong desire for greater progress towards nuclear abolition. Nayarit succeeded in putting the idea a treaty banning nuclear weapons firmly on the international agenda.
As the designated civil society partner for the Nayarit conference, ICAN facilitated the participation of a diverse range of non-government organizations from across the globe – to enhance public understanding of the catastrophic humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and to convey the growing demand for negotiations on a ban.