ICAN Civil Society Forum

October 31, 2012

More than 500 campaigners from 70 countries gathered in Oslo, Norway, from 2 to 3 March 2013 for the ICAN Civil Society Forum, with the aim of ramping up efforts to get negotiations started on a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The two-day forum included presentations by international policy and military experts, the Red Cross and UN representatives.

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Speakers included:

  • Martin Sheen, social activist and award-winning actor
  • Terumi Tanaka, survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing
  • Karipbek Kuyukov, victim of nuclear testing in Kazakhstan
  • John Dear, Jesuit priest and renowned peace activist
  • Gry Larsen, Norwegian state secretary
  • Ward Wilson, author of Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons

  • 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