Campaign milestones 2014

30 January Report released on Pacific Islands’ support for a ban

ICAN releases a report that details the ongoing impacts of nuclear weapon tests in the Pacific. Between 1946 to 1996, more than 300 tests were carried out by France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 

13 February ICAN delivers video statement at Nayarit conference

ICAN delivers a video statement on “the urgency of banning nuclear weapons” at the second conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, held in Nayarit, Mexico, with 146 governments present.

 

14 February Mexico calls for the start of a diplomatic process

At the conclusion of the second international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, host nation Mexico calls for the launch of a diplomatic process to negotiate a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons.

 

23 May World trade union movement calls for ban

The third world congress of the International Trade Union Confederation in Berlin, attended by more than 1,500 trade unionists from 161 countries, adopts a resolution calling for “urgent negotiations” on a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

 

3-4 June Asia-Pacific nations hold roundtable on a ban

Government officials from the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Mongolia participate in discussions with ICAN campaigners about their role in banning nuclear weapons and building a civil society movement.

 

7 July World Council of Churches pushes for ban


Following a week-long central committee meeting, the World Council of Churches releases a statement highlighting that nuclear weapons “pose a threat to humanity” as long as they exist and urging governments to pursue a ban.

 

26 September ICAN organizes global day of action

To mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, ICAN’s partner organizations around the world undertake activities such as film screenings, lectures, petitions and concerts to promote a ban.

 

26 October 155 nations support nuclear weapons statement

New Zealand issues a statement at the United Nations on behalf of 155 nations highlighting the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, an increase in 30 nations compared with the previous year.

 

6-7 December 600 ICAN campaigners gather in Vienna

More than 600 campaigners from 70 countries gather in Vienna for the largest civil society meeting in recent years on the abolition of nuclear weapons. The forum concludes with a powerful discussion on the benefits of a ban treaty.

 

9 December Historic pledge issued at Vienna conference

At the conclusion of the third international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Austria issues a historic pledge to work “to fill the legal gap for 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