Campaign milestones 2006

7 September: Nobel Prize-winning doctors initiate ICAN

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War – winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize – adopts ICAN as a top priority at its world congress in Helsinki, Finland. Affiliate organizations commit to launching the campaign in 2007.


November: First ICAN office established in Melbourne

ICAN sets up its first office – in Melbourne, Australia – with experienced disarmament campaigner Felicity Hill as the coordinator. Tilman Ruff, a public health physician at the University of Melbourne, chairs the board of management.


2007 milestones →

  • 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