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Costa Rican campaigners push for a ban

ICAN, as a network of organisations and campaigners, is completely reliant on the hard work and progress achieved by partner organisations at the national and international level. In Costa Rica, where the nuclear weapons issue has not traditionally been at the forefront of public discourse, campaigners have sought to raise the profile of the humanitarian initiative, both in terms of the new information about the risks of accidental or intentional detonations and the catastrophic consequences


US attempts to bully allies into inaction

The Norwegian Under Secretary of State, Bård Glad Pedersen, admitted on TV that Norway has been ‘demarched‘ by the United States to not sign the pledge to fill the legal gap on nuclear weapons launched by Austria at the conclusion of the Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. This revelation follows a recent story by Kyodo news exposing similar pressures directed towards Japan to prevent them from supporting the pledge. According to


UK parliamentary briefing shows growing support for a nuclear weapons ban

On January 21, ICAN UK and the All Party Group on Weapons and the Protection of Civilians, facilitated by ICAN partner Article 36, organised a parliamentary briefing to report on the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. Attendees discussed the outcome of the conference, and the implications for the UK’s own nuclear weapons. The meeting came just a day after a parliamentary debate on the renewal of Trident. During the debate, called


Dutch campaigners push for a national nuclear weapons ban

Last year, Dutch peace organization and ICAN partner, PAX, launched a public campaign to initiate the creation of national legislation to outlaw nuclear weapons. The campaign, which requires the signatures of 40,000 Dutch citizens, is currently halfway to its goal. The campaign has been successful in bringing the dangers of nuclear weapons to the attention of the general public, and has attracted the participation of ASN Bank and the Dutch Red Cross. To continue the


Vatican Calls for a Ban on Nuclear Weapons

During the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons last month, Pope Francis expressed support for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons as a matter of necessity and urgency. The message was, delivered by Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, addressing over 800 participants representing 158 states and over 200 civil society organisations. The statement drew attention to the universal global threat posed by nuclear weapons, dismissing the idea that nuclear disarmament should be left


Austria issues historic pledge at Vienna Conference

Austria issues historic pledge at Vienna Conference ICAN: momentum generated by humanitarian initiative must lead to ban treaty process in 2015 At the closing of the Third International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, Austria delivered the “Austrian pledge” in which it committed to work to “fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons” and pledged “to cooperate with all stakeholders to achieve this goal”. “All states committed to


ICAN Civil Society Forum: “We are the ones we have been waiting for”

This weekend, more than 600 campaigners gathered in Vienna in the largest ever civil society meeting on the abolition of nuclear weapons. The campaigners came from over 70 countries, representing more than 100 different organisations. The Civil Society Forum took place directly before the third international Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons on 8-9 December. The programme spanned all aspects of the nuclear weapons debate, from the perceived utility of nuclear weapons, to



  • 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