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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



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

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Passing on the legacy to future generations

On 9 September ICAN partner organizations Peace Boat and the Caribbean Institute for the Rule of Law (Instituto Caribeno para el Estado de Derecho, ICED) jointly held an event in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic featuring testimonies from Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki). The gathered participants heard first-hand accounts of the catastrophic humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, and were encourage to take part in the call for a nuclear-free world. ... Read More

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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 ... 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