Nobel Peace Laureates Summit stresses the urgent need to prevent nuclear war

September 24, 2019

“As Nobel Peace Laureates we have repeatedly warned of the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war and are compelled to do so once again.” This week Nobel Peace Laureates and Peace Laureate Organisations gathered at 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Yucatán, Mexico. In Make Your Mark For Peace, the final declaration of the summit, the Laureates and Laureate organisations set out a list of priorities for nuclear disarmament and demilitarisation, including a resounding endorsement for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Read the Full Declaration here

During the summit, members of ICAN’s steering group Maria Eugenia Villareal (SEHLAC) and Ira Helfand (IPPNW, Nobel Peace Prize 1985) spoke passionately about the catastrophic threat posed by nuclear weapons, the role of civil society must play in ending them, and the importance of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The entire panel “Four priorities for Nuclear Disarmament” can be viewed below:



  • 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