Ai Weiwei, renowned artist, lends support to ban

June 23, 2017

The world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei sent a message of support this week to delegates involved in the United Nations negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. “I think this is a very important moment,” he said.

More than 130 nations are participating in the historic process to outlaw the ultimate weapons of mass destruction. They are expected to conclude their work on the treaty by 7 July. China and other nuclear-armed nations have refused to take part.

Ai said in his statement that nuclear weapons are capable of destroying the planet “maybe a hundred times”. If used again, they will kill many innocent people indiscriminately. “We come to a single, simple conclusion: ban the nuclear weapons,” he said.

“This is not just for us. It’s for this beautiful planet, for our children and for many generations to come.” Unless nations succeed in banning nuclear weapons, he said, “we put ourselves in a real crisis, and there will be a tragedy.”

“So let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

  • 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