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A ban on nuclear testing is not enough. We need a total ban on nuclear weapons

The first and only wartime use of nuclear weapons occurred in the final days of World War II, against the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But on over 2,000 occasions since then, atomic and hydrogen bombs have been detonated in the atmosphere, underwater and underground as part of nuclear test programmes – with devastating consequences for human health and the environment. The most recent such detonation was in North Korea in January of this year.


UN talks recommend negotiations of nuclear weapons ban treaty

In a dramatic final day, the groundbreaking UN talks on nuclear disarmament concluded by making a clear recommendation to start negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Known as the “Open-Ended Working Group” (OEWG), the talks have taken place in February, May and August of this year and have outlined a number of elements that should be included in a new legally binding instrument which prohibits nuclear weapons. The majority support for the ban treaty


OEWG reconvenes in Geneva: What’s at stake?

United Nations nuclear disarmament talks have reconvened in Geneva for the third and final time. At this final session the group, known as the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), is tasked with producing a final report which will contain a summary of the discussions that have taken place in February and May of this year and a set of recommendations for future action by governments. This report will then be submitted to the UN General Assembly


To Barack Obama from Setsuko Thurlow

In June Setsuko Thurlow was awarded the Arms Control Person of the Year Award and a group of us travelled to Washington DC to celebrate with her.  During this time she met with Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama’s speech writer, who accompanied him to Hiroshima this past Spring.  Setsuko and Ben had a friendly exchange of views, during which time she ask him to hand deliver a letter to President Obama.  Although she left the


ICAN Statement at Final OEWG Session

ICAN statement to OEWG, 5 Aug 2016 The catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the risks they pose to all our nations demand an urgent response. The evidence presented to the Open Ended Working Group has demonstrated this once again, and it has been an important process for states to discuss how the international community should respond to this, within a framework that has been open and inclusive. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear



  • 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