Finns deliver cranes to president

September 21, 2012

21 September 2012

On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, Finnish schoolchildren and representatives of peace organizations delivered 1,000 origami cranes made by Hiroshima students to the president of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, to seek his support for a nuclear weapons ban.

The children asked about nuclear weapons and peace issues. President Niinistö emphasized the importance of keeping peace issues in mind. The delegation included representatives from Physicians for Social Responsibility in Finland, the Peace Education Institute and the Peace Union of Finland. The children were from Eläintarha primary school.

This is part of a global ICAN initiative to send 1,000 paper cranes to the president or prime minister of every UN member state. In return, ICAN is asking for a message of support for a treaty to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons.

  • 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