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Support for a ban

COUNTRY STATEMENT SOURCE
Afghanistan “We join all peace-loving people in their call for a global treaty to outlaw and eliminate these instruments of human destruction.” November 2012
Algeria “We support all of the efforts aimed at banning nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Argentina “Argentina supports the efforts of the international community to move towards the negotiation of a universal legally binding instrument banning nuclear weapons.” September 2013
Austria “A growing number of states favour the start of negotiations on a global prohibition of nuclear weapons. Austria strongly supports the elaboration of such a treaty as a matter of urgency.” June 2016
Bangladesh “It is high time to start a diplomatic process to outlaw nuclear weapons.” December 2014
Botswana “This is the time to seriously consider developing new international standards, including a legally binding instrument, to prohibit their possession.” October 2015
Brazil “The significant majority of states, in one way or another, have supported the start of negotiations on the prohibition of nuclear weapons with a view to their future total elimination. Brazil is convinced that this is the most viable option for unlocking the stalemate in nuclear disarmament.” May 2016
Burundi “[Burundi] solemnly expresses its readiness … to further work out a robust road map or action plan on totally banning nuclear weapons.” February 2014
Chile “Given the catastrophic consequences of the use of nuclear weapons, we must work to create a new international treaty explicitly prohibiting their use and possession, without any exceptions.” February 2014
Colombia “Colombia joins the proposal to move towards negotiations of a universal, legally binding instrument that prohibits nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Comoros “We welcome the call made at the Nayarit conference for a legally binding instrument to prohibit all nuclear weapons.” December 2014
Congo, Democratic Republic of
“We note the several working papers from both governments and civil society that are supportive of a new legal instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons, even without the participation of the nuclear-weapon states. We strongly support these proposals.” May 2016
Congo, Republic of
“We must move beyond words, and act. This conference in Vienna should lead to an action plan aimed at creating a legally binding instrument totally banning nuclear weapons.” December 2014
Costa Rica
“We believe that the most practical way to start [the disarmament process] is through the negotiation of a legally binding instrument banning nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Côte d’Ivoire “My country is open to all new initiatives that seek the prohibition of nuclear weapons.” February 2014
Cuba “It is time to begin, without delay, a diplomatic process to negotiate a legally binding instrument banning nuclear weapons and providing for their total elimination.” December 2014
Dominican Republic
“The Dominican Republic finds it unacceptable that nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction for which there is not a comprehensive ban, as yet.” May 2016
Ecuador “A legally binding international treaty for the blanket prohibition of nuclear weapons … would set the political and legal scene for the subsequent elimination of such weapons.” May 2016
Egypt “We continue to endorse the negotiation of a nuclear weapons convention … Yet, if necessary, a first step to that objective could be the negotiation of a treaty banning the production, development, possession, transfer and use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.” May 2016
El Salvador
“We are proposing prohibition as the first step – then to move on to elimination … We are not proposing a prohibition treaty just because we feel like it. Rather, it is because we have tried the other options.” May 2016
Ethiopia
“We must exert all our efforts to identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons …” October 2015
Fiji “Nuclear weapons should be totally banned.” March 2013
Ghana “We urge continued dialogue on [the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapon detonations] and the beginning of a diplomatic process that could lead to negotiations on a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons …” October 2015
Guatemala “Non-nuclear-weapon states should show that we are committed to filling the legal gap [by prohibiting nuclear weapons], just as we have done for all other weapons of mass destruction. The status quo is not acceptable.” May 2016
Guinea-Bissau “Guinea-Bissau thinks that it is time to trigger a transparent and inclusive diplomatic process to negotiate a legal instrument banning nuclear weapons.” December 2014
Holy See
“I am convinced that the desire for peace and fraternity planted deep in the human heart will bear fruit in concrete ways to ensure that nuclear weapons are banned once and for all, to the benefit of our common home.” December 2014
Honduras
“I wish to reiterate the urgent need for negotiations with a view to the swift conclusion of a universal, legally binding instrument that would prohibit nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Indonesia “We believe that a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons is a pathway towards a world free of nuclear weapons that merits our positive consideration. We also believe that a new legal instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons would represent an effective measure under article VI of the NPT.” May 2016
Iraq “Negotiations [on risk reduction measures etc.] cannot be an alternative to a convention to expressly prohibit nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Ireland “Nuclear weapons remain the only weapons of mass destruction not prohibited by law. Effective measures are envisaged and required by the NPT.” May 2016
Jamaica “Pursuing a comprehensive ban on nuclear weapons is the next realistic step on our collective path to attain and maintain a world free of nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Jordan “[Jordan] joins the United Nations’ calls for the early start of negotiations on a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons.” December 2014
Kazakhstan “We strongly believe that this conference [in Vienna] will greatly contribute to the further promotion of the humanitarian issue in the context of a nuclear weapons ban.” December 2014
Kenya “It is our belief that the negotiation and conclusion of a legally binding instrument banning nuclear weapons is necessary … The participation, signature or ratification of nuclear-armed powers, while desirable, is not necessary for the negotiation and conclusion of the instrument.” May 2016
Kiribati “It is unacceptable that the deadliest weapons of all – nuclear weapons – are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet expressly prohibited by an international convention. A treaty banning the use, manufacture and possession of nuclear weapons is long overdue … there is a clear humanitarian imperative for us to start negotiations.” February 2014
Kuwait “A ban treaty on nuclear weapons would complement existing international law.” March 2013
Laos “Nuclear weapons would … have catastrophic humanitarian consequences. Thus, it is imperative to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons.” October 2015
Lebanon “We hope that there will be a universal treaty adopted in the near future to outlaw and eliminate all nuclear weapons.” February 2011
Lesotho “We look forward to the third conference [on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons] that will be held in Austria later this year. We are optimistic that these conferences will generate the necessary momentum to push for a legal instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons.” October 2014
Madagascar “It is regrettable to note that, despite other categories of WMD having been prohibited, nuclear weapons, with potentially devastating consequences, are still not subject to a universal prohibition … We need a new approach towards a legally binding instrument aimed at prohibiting nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Malawi “Malawi supports the proposals and resolutions for negotiations of the new treaty banning nuclear weapons to commence urgently in a forum open to all and blockable by none, even without the participation of nuclear-armed states.” October 2015
Malaysia “We hope to begin negotiations on a global prohibition of nuclear weapons as a contribution to the achievement and maintenance of a world free of nuclear weapons. We are convinced that the most viable option for immediate action is to negotiate a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Mali “Mali joins the present diplomatic process aimed at negotiating a treaty banning nuclear weapons and establishing a legal norm against the use, possession and development of nuclear weapons.” December 2014
Mexico “We assert that the prohibition of nuclear weapons is a fundamental element to complement the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime. We assert as well that a prohibition would have a tremendous impact in the achievement of a world free from nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Mongolia “Mongolia stands ready to work with all stakeholders to expand the humanitarian approach to nuclear weapons which would eventually lead to concrete talks on banning these weapons of mass destruction.” December 2014
Morocco “It is not acceptable any more that nuclear weapons remain the only WMDs that are not prohibited by an international instrument.” October 2015
Nepal “We hope that [the Humanitarian Initiative] will lead our common efforts to the complete prohibition of nuclear weapons and the eventual removal of the deadly weapons from the planet.” October 2015
New Zealand “The most important lesson to be drawn from our experience with a range of other disarmament regimes would seem to be that the elements, or prohibitions, covered in a new instrument must be truly comprehensive and leave no gaps.” May 2016
Nicaragua “It is likely that the activities to be prohibited in this new treaty do not vary substantially with respect to those found in other international instruments on disarmament, such as those prohibiting use, possession, development, production, acquisition, stockpiling or transfer.” May 2016
Nigeria “Nigeria joins the call to ban all nuclear weapons, being the only known weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international legal instrument.” October 2015
Norway “We are working along several different tracks to achieve the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. We are aiming at a genuine, total ban.” September 2011
Palau “The overwhelming majority of UN member states have indicated their readiness to work together to prohibit nuclear weapons. The question that we should ask is not whether a global ban on nuclear weapons is necessary, but rather how it can be negotiated and what provisions it should contain.” May 2016
Palestine “We support the objective of banning nuclear weapons and eliminating them within a specified timeframe.” February 2014
Panama “For Panama, it is not acceptable that these are the only weapons of mass destruction not totally banned … This new convention should prohibit the possession, development, testing, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer, deployment, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, and also the assistance, financing or incitation of associated acts.” May 2016
Papua New Guinea
“Papua New Guinea and our neighbours in the South Pacific region have already prohibited nuclear weapons at the regional level through the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone. We must now work together to make the world a nuclear-weapon-free zone by concluding a nuclear-weapon-ban treaty.” April 2015
Peru “It is only through a prohibition on the use and possession of nuclear weapons that we will achieve elimination.” March 2013
Philippines “While we have treaties banning chemical and biological weapons, we do not have one for the deadliest [weapons] of them all. And so work on a treaty that will ban the possession, use or threat of use, acquisition, development and testing of nuclear weapons is the most ideal and correct action.” May 2016
Qatar “The role of the public is essential for the goal of banning nuclear weapons and achieving their elimination.” December 2014
St Vincent and the Grenadines
“The time is ripe for action. We therefore raise our voice and join the call for the initiation of a diplomatic process to negotiate a legally binding instrument banning nuclear weapons.” December 2014
Samoa “We hope to finalize this process by which states can begin negotiating a legally binding instrument on the prohibition of nuclear weapons.” December 2014
San Marino “We welcome the renewed efforts of the many countries that have subscribed to the Humanitarian Pledge for the prohibition and elimination of such weapons.” October 2015
Senegal “The delegation of Senegal invites all states to join this emerging process to achieve, in the long term, an international legally binding convention banning nuclear weapons under all circumstances.” December 2014
Sierra Leone
“We must ban all research, testing, possession, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons.” March 2013
South Africa
“A prohibition treaty could be a stand-alone treaty which establishes a norm against nuclear weapons through a non-discriminatory prohibition on possession, use, threat of use, acquisition, stockpiling, deployment, as well as assistance, encouragement or inducement of [these] acts.” May 2016
Sri Lanka
“By agreeing on a legally binding instrument, we would end the ambiguity about whether nuclear weapons are legal or illegal … There is a clear desire to move towards negotiating a legally binding instrument delegitimizing nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Sudan “My delegation would like to underline the importance of banning nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Switzerland “Switzerland believes that nuclear weapons should be prohibited. It must remain our goal to work towards a verifiable prohibition.” May 2016
Tanzania
“We must exert all efforts towards finding a comprehensive way of eliminating these weapons, including by agreeing on a legally binding international instrument for their prohibition.” October 2015
Thailand
“If we want to be clear and precise in setting norms, as the international community has been with other weapons, then the prohibitions should be comprehensive. They should include prohibitions on the use, threat of use, deployment, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, transfer, development and production of nuclear weapons.” May 2016
Timor-Leste
“Timor-Leste joins the other countries in calling for dialogue and a diplomatic process that will ban nuclear weapons.” December 2014
Togo
“The exchanges over these two days [in Vienna] should lead to the launching of a diplomatic process aimed at negotiating and adopting a legal instrument banning nuclear weapons and achieving their total elimination.” December 2014
Trinidad and Tobago
“My delegation supports proposals and resolutions for negotiations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons.” October 2015
Uganda “Uganda believes that the time has come for a diplomatic process to negotiate a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons. Such an instrument should be negotiated even if the nuclear-armed states do not participate.” December 2014
Ukraine “Ukraine … supports the call for the immediate adoption of the comprehensive agreement on the ban of nuclear weapons.” October 2015
United Arab Emirates
“The strong consensus of the international community on the troubling humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons should further be highlighted to facilitate a process of disarmament based on banning the use and ownership of nuclear weapons.” May 2013
Uruguay
“Uruguay wishes to express its strong support for a legally binding instrument that would prohibit nuclear weapons and dispose of them completely.” December 2014
Vanuatu “I wish to show my full support … for a common effort to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons to ensure the safety of humankind around the world.” October 2012
Venezuela “Venezuela supports the negotiation of a nuclear weapons ban convention, which will increase international security.” May 2016
Vietnam “The Humanitarian Pledge … can offer a platform for launching negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons.” October 2015
Yemen “We think it’s time to start a serious diplomatic process to negotiate a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons, and we stand ready to join such a process.” December 2014
Zambia “Zambia associates itself with the Pledge issued at the Vienna conference ‘to fill the legal gap’ for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons, and will continue advocating that the filling of the gap will require the negotiation of a treaty that clearly prohibits nuclear weapons based on their catastrophic humanitarian consequences.” April 2015
Zimbabwe “We must immediately embark on concrete measures on how the legally binding international instrument that outlaws the use, production, deployment, stockpiling and transfer of nuclear weapons can be realized.” December 2014

 

Statements by groups of states

GROUP
STATEMENT SOURCE
African Group
“The [African] Group strongly supports the call for banning nuclear weapons, the only WMD not prohibited by an international legal instrument.” May 2016
Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL)
“We must act to delegitimize nuclear weapons at the political level and to criminalize them as has been done in the case of other weapons of mass destruction. December 2014
Arab League
“We call on the international community to start negotiations on a comprehensive and non-discriminatory treaty to ban the use, possession, production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons. October 2015
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
“We are convinced that the mere existence of nuclear weapons, combined with the lack of international legally binding instruments on the complete prohibition of such weapons, poses the greatest threat to the survival of mankind. October 2013
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “We underscore the pressing need for the prompt adoption of a universal and legally binding instrument prohibiting the possession, development, production, acquisition, testing, stockpiling, transfer, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons.” April 2015
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) “We strongly support the [Nayarit] conference call for an international legally binding instrument for the prohibition of nuclear weapons.” October 2014
New Agenda Coalition (NAC) “A nuclear weapons ban treaty, by leaving space for the subsequent elaboration of the detailed verification and other necessary technical arrangements on a case-by-case basis, would seem to offer a flexible model for the subsequent accession of weapons-possessing states on terms they could negotiate with the ban treaty organization.” April 2014
Pacific Island states
“It is unacceptable that the deadliest weapons of all – nuclear weapons – are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet expressly prohibited by an international convention. A treaty banning the use, manufacture and possession of nuclear weapons is long overdue. As this conference has demonstrated, there is a clear humanitarian imperative for us to start negotiations.” February 2014
Union of South American Nations (UNASUR)
“UNASUR joins the efforts of the international community in moving towards the negotiation of a universal and legally binding instrument that prohibits nuclear weapons.” October 2013

 

Statements by organizations

ORGANIZATION STATEMENT SOURCE
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
“All other weapons of mass destruction, namely chemical and biological weapons, have been banned. Nuclear weapons – which have far worse consequences than those weapons – must now be specifically prohibited and eliminated as a matter of urgency.” December 2014
International Trade Union Confederation “We call for urgent negotiations on a treaty to ban the use, manufacture, stockpiling and possession of nuclear weapons as a first step towards their complete eradication.” May 2014
World Council of Churches “[We call on] governments to join inter-governmental initiatives, and affirm civil society endeavours, to ban the production, deployment, transfer and use of nuclear weapons in accordance with international humanitarian law and in fulfilment of existing international obligations.” July 2014
World Medical Association “The World Medical Association requests all national medical associations to … urge their respective governments to work to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.” October 2015
World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
“We urge all states to commence negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the earliest possible time, and subsequently to conclude the negotiations within two years.” December 2014

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  • 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 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