Campaign milestones 2007
February: ICAN promotes African nuclear-weapon-free zone
ICAN campaigner Tim Wright visits 13 African nations promoting entry into force of the African nuclear-weapon-free zone treaty and African support for negotiations on a global treaty to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons.
March: Global network of mayors joins ICAN
Mayors for Peace – a global network of city leaders advocating the elimination of nuclear weapons by 2020 – becomes one of ICAN’s first international partner organizations. The mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba, is made an ICAN ambassador.
April: The first ICAN website goes online
ICAN launches its first international website, intended to breathe new life into the global nuclear disarmament movement by engaging young people who have little prior knowledge of the continuing threat posed by nuclear weapons.
1 April: Thousands march at ICAN rally in Melbourne
ICAN organizes a rally and peace concert with close to 10,000 people to build public support for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Held on April Fools’ Day, it highlights the foolishness of relying on nuclear deterrence.
23 April: ICAN launched in Australia
Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser and World Court judge Christopher Weeramantry join other luminaries in launching ICAN in Australia. They urge the Australian government to lead global efforts for a nuclear weapons ban.
27 April: ICAN launched by doctors across India
Indian doctors launch ICAN at a series of events across the country, including at this event in Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal. They call on the Indian government to play a leadership role in efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.
29 April: Nobel laureate Jody Williams endorses ICAN
Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, who spearheaded the campaign in the 1990s to prohibit anti-personnel mines, sends a message of support to ICAN:
“In a world of increasing nuclear dangers, it’s time for an international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons. We are told by some governments that a nuclear weapons convention is premature and unlikely. Don’t believe it. We were told the same thing about a mine ban treaty.” – Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner
30 April: ICAN launched internationally in Vienna
ICAN is launched internationally during the Non-Proliferation Treaty preparatory committee meeting in Vienna. Campaign coordinator Felicity Hill urges all countries to begin negotiations without delay on a nuclear weapons convention.
9 May: ICAN releases introductory campaign video
ICAN releases a short video alerting the public to the ongoing threat posed by 26,000 nuclear weapons, and urging individuals to take action for a global ban. The video ends with the chant: “I can, you can, we can abolish nuclear weapons.”
28 August: Weapons inspector Hans Blix endorses ICAN
Former United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix provides ICAN with a video endorsement message in which he notes that the existence of thousands of nuclear weapons is – like climate change – an inconvenient truth of our time.
October: Canadian campaigners embrace ICAN
Physicians for Global Survival and other Canadian disarmament groups form a nationwide coalition of ICAN partner organizations. Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima survivor, speaks at the launch of the campaign in Ottawa.