Campaign milestones 2009
3 March: Jazz legend Herbie Hancock endorses ICAN
US jazz icon Herbie Hancock endorses ICAN. “Nuclear weapons are the biggest threat to all living beings on our planet,” he says in a message. “Because I cannot tolerate the existence of these appalling, humanity-destroying weapons, I wholeheartedly support ICAN.”
5 April: ICAN organizes Palm Sunday events
ICAN organizes peace rallies to mark Palm Sunday. Campaigner Jessica Morrison calls for greater international cooperation in efforts to realize a treaty to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons completely.
15 May: ICAN delegates attend NPT meeting in New York
ICAN campaigners participate in the Non-Proliferation Treaty preparatory committee meeting at the United Nations in New York. They call on all parties to the treaty to fulfil their commitment to pursue nuclear disarmament in good faith.
25 May: ICAN condemns North Korean nuclear test
ICAN issues a statement condemning North Korea’s second nuclear test, and calls on all nations that have not yet done so to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty:
“Today’s nuclear test by North Korea flies in the face of the international progress towards nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. North Korea is seriously out of step with the world view on these weapons and is endangering progress towards the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.” – Dimity Hawkins, ICAN campaigner
16 October: International ICAN meeting held in France
ICAN campaigners from 57 organizations in France – as well as speakers from Australia, Germany and the United States – meet in Caen, in northern France, for a three-day conference focusing on the need for a global nuclear weapons ban.
24 September: US president chairs historic Security Council session
US President Barack Obama presides over a historic summit-level meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which adopts a resolution calling for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons.
November: Commission report recommends work on a ban
The International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament releases its final report, Eliminating Nuclear Threats: A Practical Agenda for Global Policymakers:
“It is not too early to start now on further refining and developing the concepts in the model nuclear weapons convention, making its provisions as workable and realistic as possible, and building support for them.” – ICNND