ICAN conference in Turkey

January 24, 2013

26 January 2013

ICAN held an international conference in Turkey on 26 January entitled “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction”. It was supported by organizations such as Greenpeace, the Global Peace and Justice Coalition and the Global Action Group for a Mine-Free Turkey.

The conference discussed pathways to a nuclear-weapon-free Middle East and a global ban on nuclear weapons, as well as Turkey’s role in achieving these goals. ICAN Turkey coordinator Arife Köse and Greenpeace Mediterranean Office coordinator Cenk Levi described the purpose of the conference:

“This conference provided participants with information about the effects of nuclear weapons and ideas for promoting a treaty to outlaw and eliminate them. Nuclear weapons are said to provide security, when in fact they are a major threat to humanity and the planet. Currently there are more than 19,000 nuclear weapons in the world. İncirlik air base in Turkey is known to store US nuclear bombs.”

Speakers included:

  • Sharon Dolev: ICAN Israel and Israeli Disarmament Movement
  • Susi Snyder: ICAN Netherlands and IKV Pax Christi
  • Ahmed Sa’ada: ICAN Egypt
  • Arielle Denis: ICAN Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Nasser Burdestani: ICAN Bahrain



  • 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