35 nations call for nuclear ban

October 22, 2012

22 October 2012

“All states must intensify their efforts to outlaw nuclear weapons and achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.” That was the message delivered by Switzerland on behalf of 35 states in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly today. The joint statement, which focuses on the “humanitarian dimension of nuclear disarmament”, gathered twice as much support as a similar statement delivered at the Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting in Vienna in May.

ICAN campaigners across the world mobilized to encourage their countries to sign onto the First Committee statement, and all in a few short days. It is this type of cooperation and commitment that we will need as we build towards the conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons taking place in Oslo in March 2013.

As the statement says: “Civil society plays a crucial role in raising the awareness about the devastating humanitarian consequences as well as the critical international humanitarian law implications of nuclear weapons.” ICAN would like to thank everyone who took action and motivated parliamentarians, governments, civil society organizations and diplomats to support this statement.

Read the statement



  • 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