Campaign milestones 2013

26 January International ICAN conference held in Turkey

ICAN holds a conference in Turkey on a world without nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. It is attended by organizations including Greenpeace and the Global Peace and Justice Coalition.

 

February Unspeakable Suffering study released

Unspeakable Suffering: The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons is published by ICAN’s partner organization Reaching Critical Will. The study provides an in-depth look at the long-term impacts of a nuclear detonation.

 

2-3 March ICAN hosts major civil society forum in Oslo

More than 500 campaigners from 70 countries gather in Oslo, Norway, for a major civil society forum organized by ICAN. They hope to ramp up efforts to get negotiations started on a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

 

4-5 March First humanitarian impact conference held

The Norwegian government hosts the first-ever inter-governmental conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, attended by 128 nations, as well as representatives of civil society and the international Red Cross movement.

 

25 April Humanitarian impact joint statement delivered

At a meeting of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in Geneva, 80 nations sign a statement expressing deep concern about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and declaring it in the interest of humanity that they are never used again.

 

July ICAN holds successful Nuclear Abolition Week

ICAN campaigners around the world hold events to raise awareness of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, while thousands sign an online petition calling for a ban on nuclear weapons, as part of a successful Nuclear Abolition Week.

 

August Latin American and Caribbean nations push for a ban

The 33 nations of Latin America and the Caribbean hold high-level summits at which their leaders express concern about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and call for a new legal instrument to ban them.

 

30 August UN working group highlights humanitarian concerns

A UN working group on nuclear disarmament adopts its final report, highlighting deep concerns about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear detonations and the need for non-nuclear nations to push forward.

 

21 September ICAN campaigners mark world peace day

To mark the International Day of Peace, ICAN campaigners in Melbourne, Australia, create a mural out of Post-It notes. Each note displays a message of support for world peace or a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

 

26 September World leaders call for a ban at UN summit

At the first-ever high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament at the United Nations, the great majority of nations express concern about the impact of nuclear weapons and call for a legally binding instrument to prohibit them.

 

21 October 125 nations condemn nuclear weapons

New Zealand issues a joint statement on behalf of 125 nations at the UN General Assembly declaring that the very survival of humanity depends on nuclear weapons never being used again, under any circumstances.

 

18 November Red Cross reaffirms commitment to a nuclear ban

At a meeting of its highest governing body, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement adopts a four-year action plan towards the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.

 

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  • 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