The road to Mexico

April 22, 2013

Back in March in Oslo, 500 campaigners from around the world gathered to add their voices to the demand that states recognize the unacceptable humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. There can be no doubt that the historic conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was a clear success. The 127 states in attendance heard expert testimony about the impacts of nuclear weapons, and many of them chose to express their concerns about the urgency of seeking a definitive solution and about the lack of progress in existing forums. The P5 chose to neglect this opportunity to engage in this discussion, while two nuclear-armed states, India and Pakistan, participated. The culmination of the meeting was the announcement of a follow-up conference by Mexico.

On the 20-21 April ICAN held a two-day campaigners meeting in Geneva in advance of the 2013 meeting of State parties to the NPT. Campaigners and activists from around the world gathered to hail the success of the Oslo conference and to develop the key messages and strategies on the road to Mexico. For too long the progress on this issue has been held hostage by the nuclear weapons states. The Road to Mexico will be about blazing a new trail to a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons.

Today in Geneva, we will see the opening of the 2013 meeting of state parties to the NPT, which will be the first government conference on the nuclear weapons security since the Oslo Conference. Many statements covering a broad range of concerns will be heard and scrutinized. As a matter of the utmost urgency for humanity, ICAN urges states to seize the chance to explicitly address the unacceptable humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, which many of them clearly recognized in Oslo.

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  • 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