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Can the humanitarian initiative give the NPT an energy boost?

By John Loretz, Program Director, IPPNW The contrast in mood and sense of accomplishment (not to mention purpose) between the Olso and Nayarit conferences and the NPT PrepCom could not be more obvious. Although the PrepCom is still in its first week and cannot be judged fairly yet, the statements in the general debate, with a few exceptions, have hardly broken any new ground. The Member States have danced more or less politely around the fact ... Read More



Join us in Vienna: ICAN Civil Society Forum

Today the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the dates for the 3rd international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons which will take place on 8 – 9 December 2014 in Vienna. The resonance of the humanitarian initiative is reaching fever pitch and ICAN believes that this conference will be the prime opportunity for governments, international organisations and civil society to start work towards a new legal instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, as was envisioned ... Read More

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ICAN campaigners in India urge government to back global nuclear weapons ban

Just days ahead of India’s general elections, ICAN campaigners at the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace organized a seminar on 4 April at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi to examine the new evidence on the unacceptable consequences of nuclear weapons and the need for a global ban treaty. Speakers included two of ICAN’s international co-chairs, Dr Rebecca Johnson from the United Kingdom and Akira Kawasaki from Japan, along with Dr Arun Mitra of Indian ... Read More

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ICAN report on Nayarit conference: a turning point in global efforts to ban nuclear weapons

“In the past, weapons have been eliminated after they have been outlawed. We believe this is the path to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.” – Chair’s summary, Nayarit conference, February 2014 The Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Mexican government in Nayarit in February 2014, marked a turning point in global efforts to outlaw the most destructive weapons of all. It demonstrated, beyond doubt, that urgent action is ... Read More

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The Bill for the Bomb

by Beatrice Fihn Today people from all over the world join together for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) to highlight the world’s expenditure on militaries, and to demand that world leaders tack a different course from the grossly inflated figure that is currently dedicated to producing the tools of war. While the ongoing economic crisis has put additional pressure on governments to reduce military spending in favour of prioritizing essential human ... Read More

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Column: ‘With a few surviving classmates, I stepped carefully over the dead and dying’

[From] By Jamie Walsh ON FRIDAY 28 March, Ms Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, will speak at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. As a 13-year old schoolgirl, Thurlow was one of a group of 30 students assigned to help at an army headquarters in central Hiroshima. She was on the second floor of a wooden building, ready to start her first day of work, when at 8:15 am ... Read More

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Campaigners in Costa Rica co-host Central American Peace Conference

Earlier this month, ICAN partner IPPNW Costa Rica teamed up with the Arias Peace Foundation to organize the Central American Peace Conference (CAPC) in San José, Costa Rica. The meeting gathered over 40 participants from more than 30 different peace-related organizations from all Central American countries to discuss conflict mediation, small arms and the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Nobel Laureate and former President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias gave the opening address and called ... Read More

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Irish FM Underlines Importance of Nayarit Conference

In response to a Parliamentary Question from Member of Parliament Eoghan Murphy about whether Ireland would take an active role at the Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons (the “Nayarit Conference”) hosted by Mexico in February, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore affirmed Ireland’s strong support of international efforts to focus on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and promised the keen engagement by Irish officials at the conference. ... Read More

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Hibakusha testimonies at Nayarit Conference reveal lasting legacy of nuclear attacks

In a programme full of eye-opening and compelling presentations at the recent Nayarit Conference (13, 14 February 2014), one that stuck in the memories of many of the attendees and those following the proceedings online was the testimony of the Hibakusha – the survivors of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At the Nayarit conference we heard first-hand accounts of the horror of the detonations over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the testimonies of Setsuko ... 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