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Open-ended working group demonstrates traction of the humanitarian approach

On 30 August, the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) concluded its work with the adoption of its final report. The OEWG’s mandate was to “take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons”. The final report opens by noting that the deep concerns about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons was the impetus for the creation of the body, and contains an overview of


The most powerful weapon

Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The Center for Peace Education (CPE) in the Philippines has recently partnered with ICAN to campaign for a ban on nuclear weapons


It all comes down to what values you stand for

With the release of ICAN’s Don’t bank on the bomb report, Swedish Physicians Against Nuclear Weapons seized the opportunity to highlight the dubious policies of four Swedish banks and hold their feet to the fire for their dealings with producers of nuclear weapons


Open-Ended Working Group reconvenes to address means of breaking nuclear disarmament gridlock

19 August 2013 Today marks the opening of the third and final session in 2013 for the open-ended working group (OEWG) at the United Nations in Geneva. For ICAN, this new arena represents an opportunity to lay the case for a treaty banning nuclear weapons as the logical and decisive next step towards achieving a world free from these weapons. The OEWG was established by UN General Assembly Resolution 67/56, adopted in October 2012, with


“I chose abolition over Los Alamos”: Nobel prize winner Jack Steinberger joins the share your shadow initiative

07 July 2013 Dr Hans Jakob “Jack” Steinberger is stark in his description of the horror of nuclear weapons. And his perspective is perhaps one that warrants special notice. A world-renowned physicist, based at CERN since 1968, Dr Steinberger’s impressive career culminated in the award of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in the discovery of a subatomic particle called the “muon neutrino”. His current work focuses on seeking solutions for what



  • 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