Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on nuclear weapons and global security

July 31, 2019

On July 31st, 2019, Hiroshima Prefecture and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) have proudly launched the “Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security.” Over the coming 8 days, 15 students and young professionals(25 years of age or younger) will participate in an intensive program designed to teach them everything they need to know to become the next generation of advocates for an end to nuclear weapons.

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What will  the Hiroshima- ICAN Academy cover?

Through fieldwork, lectures and a group challenge, the participants will:

  • Understand the reality of the atomic bombing, such as the inhumanity of nuclear weapons and health effects of radiation, through testimonies and participation in the Peace Memorial Ceremony.
  • Learn about global trends on nuclear weapons and global security, through exchange with UN officials, diplomats, and NGO members.
  • Acquire necessary skills and innovative visions for concretely contributing, in the global arena, towards realizing a peaceful world.
  • Engage with and learn from UN officials, diplomats, and NGO members. a group of  nurture future leaders who could make concrete contributions towards realizing a peaceful world.

Updates from the Academy



  • 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