ICAN essay contest in India

January 23, 2013

24 January 2013

ICAN and the London-based Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy today launched an essay competition for Indian university students on India’s role in negotiating a global ban on nuclear weapons. The winning entrant will win a trip to one of the world’s top cities to participate in an ICAN international civil society conference.

The conference will be an opportunity to talk strategy, learn new campaigning techniques, network with others working for nuclear disarmament and build relationships to help bring about a nuclear-weapon-free world. All travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses will be covered by ICAN and the Acronym Institute.

The competition is open only to students of Indian universities. To enter, please tell us in no more than 2,000 words why you think the humanitarian imperative for nuclear disarmament is relevant to India and what role India should play in negotiating a global ban on nuclear weapons.

Submissions must be received by 31 March 2013. Email your submission to website@acronym.org.uk with “ICAN Student Essay Competition” in the subject line. The winner will be notified by email by 31 May 2013.



  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate