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Japan to join Humanitarian Initiative at UN First Committee

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan will sign the humanitarian statement on the impact of nuclear weapons that New Zealand will deliver at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in October. When similar statements were delivered, most recently at the NPT PrepCom in Geneva in April as well as at the UNGA last year, Japan refused to sign, saying that the “wording [of the statement] was incompatible with Japan’s security policy that relies on ... Read More


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ICAN welcomes the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) welcomes the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Since its creation in 1997, through persistent efforts in highlighting the horror of these weapons of mass destruction and its commitment to humanitarian principles, OPCW has managed to secure 189 state parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and the destruction of almost 80% of the world’s stockpile of chemical ... Read More


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Oliver Stone visits Hiroshima and Nagasaki, stresses ideal of nuclear abolition

“Harry Truman opened a Pandora’s box 68 years ago when he dropped the bomb here at Nagasaki, and Hiroshima. Pandora’s box means, problems that beset the world are still enormous. We still have 17 thousand plus nuclear weapons in the world.“ Renowned US filmmaker Oliver Stone visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the first time in August this year, participating in memorials to mark the 68th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings. As well as touring ... Read More


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ICAN reveals Australia’s plan to undermine the work of civil society for a ban treaty

Documents obtained by ICAN campaigners in Australia through freedom-of-information laws reveal that the Australian government refused to endorse the 80-nation humanitarian statement delivered at this year’s Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting in Geneva because it referred to a Red Cross resolution with which the government fundamentally disagrees, and because it had concerns that the statement was designed to build support for a ban on nuclear weapons. The declassified diplomatic cables, ministerial briefings and foreign ministry emails show ... Read More


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ICAN campaigners react to their countries’ statements at the HLM

Mexico announced the hosting of the follow-up conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, noted the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and the success of the Oslo conference in bringing this reality to the light, expressed support for the creation of a legal instrument that would outlaw nuclear weapons and praised the role of civil society in nuclear disarmament efforts. “Ahead of us we have a very exciting time, when WE CAN push for ... Read More


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Stigmatize, ban and eliminate: a way forward for nuclear disarmament

At the first ever high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament at the United Nations in New York on 26 September, cutting through all the usual jargon of non-proliferation and moans about lack of progress was a clear call for change. The great majority of states expressed concern about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, and calls in support of the humanitarian imperative have now reached such a pitch that not even the nuclear weapon possessors ... 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