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Austria to host next step in humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons

The Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, announced today that he will host an international conference later this year on nuclear weapons. The conference will discuss how best to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again, by design, miscalculation, or accident. Discussions are expected to consider existing and potential international legal and political frameworks to address the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. Austria’s announcement comes on the morning of a major international conference in Mexico, ... Read More

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A nuclear threat far greater than Iran

By Dr Ira Helfand The world is focused on forging a durable agreement to prevent Iran from developing a single nuclear weapon. While critically important, these efforts ignore a far greater danger: the thousands of weapons that already exist. There are today more than 17,000 nuclear warheads, an ongoing existential threat to human survival that has largely been ignored since the Cold War ended two decades ago. And, unlike Iran, there are no comparable negotiations ... Read More

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ICAN campaigners in Serbia gearing up for a busy December

By Jelena Vicentic On 28 November Assistance Advocacy Access – Serbia (AAAS), an ICAN partner organisation, organised a public event in the city of Kruševac, in cooperation with the Kruševac Cultural Center and Serbian Red Cross. The activities included a movie screening, a lecture about the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, recent developments in the area, and a presentation about ICAN and the objectives of achieving a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The event was attended ... Read More

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Swedish MFA challenged on failure to endorse New Zealand statement

By Josefin Lind and Andreas Tolf Sweden’s decision, made by Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, to not endorse the Joint Statement on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nation’s General Assembly in October, drew strong criticism from civil society in Sweden. To discuss the reasons behind Sweden’s stance, the Network for Nuclear Disarmament, in cooperation with ABF, Sweden’s largest adult liberal education association, and the Swedish Red Cross organized a seminar on the ... Read More

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Regional roundtable in Lagos concludes: A ban is urgent

On the 13 – 14 November 2013, ICAN partner organisations Churches in Action for Peace and Development (CAPAD), the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Nigeria (WILPF-Nigeria) and the IANSA Women Network – Nigeria, in collaboration with the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) and ICAN, held a West African regional roundtable meeting on nuclear weapons. There was a positive turnout with participants including academics, activists from civil society and government representatives from ... Read More

  • 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