Three hundred Mongolian university students take part in event promoting nuclear weapons ban
November 15, 2013
Mongolian ICAN partner organization, the Blue Banner, held an event on 20 September to mark the International Day of Peace and build support in Mongolia for a global ban on nuclear weapons. More than 300 students, cadets and faculty staff from the Defense University of Mongolia, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, participated in the event in the nation’s capital, Ulaanbaatar.
Various activists spoke about the importance of eliminating nuclear weapons. The event was co-organized by the Blue Banner and the Mongolian Peace and Friendship Organization, in collaboration with ICAN. The Blue Banner is a non-profit organization established in 2005 to promote peaceful foreign policy, including the creation of an external environment free from any nuclear threat.
Prior to the Peace Day event, students participated in an essay-writing competition with the theme “The World Without Nuclear Weapons”, and three students received awards for their essays. There was also a film screening and concert dedicated to peace. A photo exhibition on banning nuclear weapons was opened and will travel to various universities, non-government organizations and government agencies.
Completely surrounded by two nuclear-armed states – Russia and China – Mongolia is supportive of a ban on these most destructive weapons, and has officially declared itself a single-state nuclear-weapon-free zone. The Blue Banner’s Peace Day event helped raise public awareness about the continuing nuclear threat, and was reported on by the main television channels and newspapers in Mongolia.
By Jessica Lawson