Campaign milestones 2009

3 March: Jazz legend Herbie Hancock endorses ICAN

US jazz icon Herbie Hancock endorses ICAN. “Nuclear weapons are the biggest threat to all living beings on our planet,” he says in a message. “Because I cannot tolerate the existence of these appalling, humanity-destroying weapons, I wholeheartedly support ICAN.”


5 April: ICAN organizes Palm Sunday events

ICAN organizes peace rallies to mark Palm Sunday. Campaigner Jessica Morrison calls for greater international cooperation in efforts to realize a treaty to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons completely.


15 May: ICAN delegates attend NPT meeting in New York

ICAN campaigners participate in the Non-Proliferation Treaty preparatory committee meeting at the United Nations in New York. They call on all parties to the treaty to fulfil their commitment to pursue nuclear disarmament in good faith.


25 May: ICAN condemns North Korean nuclear test

ICAN issues a statement condemning North Korea’s second nuclear test, and calls on all nations that have not yet done so to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty:

“Today’s nuclear test by North Korea flies in the face of the international progress towards nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. North Korea is seriously out of step with the world view on these weapons and is endangering progress towards the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.” – Dimity Hawkins, ICAN campaigner


16 October: International ICAN meeting held in France

ICAN campaigners from 57 organizations in France – as well as speakers from Australia, Germany and the United States – meet in Caen, in northern France, for a three-day conference focusing on the need for a global nuclear weapons ban.


24 September: US president chairs historic Security Council session

US President Barack Obama presides over a historic summit-level meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which adopts a resolution calling for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons.


November: Commission report recommends work on a ban

The International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament releases its final report, Eliminating Nuclear Threats: A Practical Agenda for Global Policymakers:

“It is not too early to start now on further refining and developing the concepts in the model nuclear weapons convention, making its provisions as workable and realistic as possible, and building support for them.” – ICNND


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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