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Letter from Amnesty International and ICAN to Foreign Minister Kurz

  Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Minoritenplatz 8, 1010 Vienna AUSTRIA 7 December, 2014 Dear Foreign Minister Kurz, On behalf of Amnesty International and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) we write to welcome your leadership in hosting the upcoming Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. The discussions on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, which started in Oslo, Norway, and continued in


Dimensions to Create a Nuclear-Weapon Free Northeast Asia

On November 26, the international conference, Dimensions to Create a Nuclear-Weapon Free Northeast Asia was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The meeting, organised by Peace Boat, Blue Banner, and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) hosted over 60 participants, including members of civil society and scholars from around Asia, and representatives of the GPPAC Global Secretariat. Attendees discussed the general concerns around the existence of nuclear weapons, as well as challenges specific


French-speaking African states build momentum towards Vienna

More than 30 diplomats representing 21 African countries participated in a francophone roundtable on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, hosted by Togo and ICAN at the UN in Geneva on November 12th. HE Ms. Napka Polo, Ambassador from Togo, opened the proceedings by recalling the outcomes of the two Conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, and reiterated the importance of a strong participation to the 3rd Conference, in Vienna on December 8


Danish social liberal party endorses a nuclear weapons ban

The movement to ban nuclear weapons is growing and gaining traction, and transforming civil society support into political action is a crucial step in this process.  The Social Liberal Party of Denmark, Radikale Venstre, recently passed a resolution affirming the urgent need for a ban treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons. The resolution was originally proposed by the Social Liberal Youth Party of Denmark (Radikal Ungdom), the youth branch of Radikale Venstre. In submitting this resolution,


Ghanaian support for a nuclear weapons ban grows

In August, the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) and the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, in association with ICAN, held a roundtable meeting in Accra, Ghana. The meeting brought together experts and civil society to strategize on future action, educate the general public on nuclear weapons, and to use this momentum to rouse support for a nuclear weapons ban in the government. The meeting hosted representatives from key organisations and offices, including the


West Africa ready to ban nuclear weapons

From September 7 to 15, ICAN campaigners organised a tour in 5 countries in West Africa: Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Senegal. The overall goal was to meet with governments, NGOs, international organizations, and media to raise awareness about the humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons and promote a ban treaty as the next step towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons. With many humanitarian challenges in this region, including the current Ebola outbreak,



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    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

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