WHY A BAN?

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The case for a ban treaty

Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet categorically prohibited under international law, even though they have the greatest destructive capacity of all weapons. A global prohibition on nuclear weapons is long overdue and must be achieved without further delay.


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Positions on the ban negotiations

Negotiations for a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons began at the United Nations in New York in March 2017. The vast majority of UN member states are participating in the groundbreaking initiative. However, a small handful cling to the misguided belief that nuclear weapons are legitimate.


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Arguments for nuclear abolition

Nuclear weapons are the most inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created. They violate international law, cause severe environmental damage, undermine national and global security, and divert vast public resources away from meeting human needs. A universal ban is long overdue.


  • 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