Campaign milestones 2014
30 January Report released on Pacific Islands’ support for a ban
ICAN releases a report that details the ongoing impacts of nuclear weapon tests in the Pacific. Between 1946 to 1996, more than 300 tests were carried out by France, the United Kingdom and the United States.
13 February ICAN delivers video statement at Nayarit conference
ICAN delivers a video statement on “the urgency of banning nuclear weapons” at the second conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, held in Nayarit, Mexico, with 146 governments present.
14 February Mexico calls for the start of a diplomatic process
At the conclusion of the second international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, host nation Mexico calls for the launch of a diplomatic process to negotiate a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons.
23 May World trade union movement calls for ban
The third world congress of the International Trade Union Confederation in Berlin, attended by more than 1,500 trade unionists from 161 countries, adopts a resolution calling for “urgent negotiations” on a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
3-4 June Asia-Pacific nations hold roundtable on a ban
Government officials from the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Mongolia participate in discussions with ICAN campaigners about their role in banning nuclear weapons and building a civil society movement.
7 July World Council of Churches pushes for ban
Following a week-long central committee meeting, the World Council of Churches releases a statement highlighting that nuclear weapons “pose a threat to humanity” as long as they exist and urging governments to pursue a ban.
26 September ICAN organizes global day of action
To mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, ICAN’s partner organizations around the world undertake activities such as film screenings, lectures, petitions and concerts to promote a ban.
26 October 155 nations support nuclear weapons statement
New Zealand issues a statement at the United Nations on behalf of 155 nations highlighting the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, an increase in 30 nations compared with the previous year.
6-7 December 600 ICAN campaigners gather in Vienna
More than 600 campaigners from 70 countries gather in Vienna for the largest civil society meeting in recent years on the abolition of nuclear weapons. The forum concludes with a powerful discussion on the benefits of a ban treaty.
9 December Historic pledge issued at Vienna conference
At the conclusion of the third international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Austria issues a historic pledge to work “to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons”.