Get ready, New York: It’s Nuclear Ban Week!
From November 27 - December 1st, the world is meeting in New York to bring the total elimination of nuclear weapons closer. Get ready for a week of high-level and civil-society events to tackle this urgent, existential threat. It's Nuclear Ban Week New York!
The Second Meeting of States Parties of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), taking place at the UN in New York, meeting will bring together governments, scientists and campaigners from all over the world to build on this landmark treaty that comprehensively bans everything to do with nuclear weapons.
Alongside the high-level meeting, people from all over the world will come to New York to call for an end to nuclear weapons and show their support for the TPNW as the path to get there, through advocacy, action and art. From art shows to TikTok trainings, from powerful side events to rallies, there are so many exciting events taking place both in and outside the UN.
Are you planning an event to support the TPNW during Nuclar Ban Week? Whether you’re online or in person, in New York or anywhere else in the world, help us build the global calendar for the NuclearBan Week New York by submitting your event here. Tell us as many details as you can, and we will review and publish the event. You can also participate in our Global Day of Action ahead of the 2nd MSP on Sunday November 26th.
📢🙌Tomorrow is the Global Day of Action Against Nuclear Weapons! Let's unite our voices and call for a future without the threat of a nuclear war!🤝Join us call on all governments around the world, who haven't done so to join the #nuclearban!— ICAN (@nuclearban) November 26, 2023
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Why join Nuclear Ban Week?
This meeting takes place as the risk of nuclear weapons use is at its highest since the Cold War, with rising nuclear tensions, as well as the threat of renewed nuclear testing. The 9 nuclear-armed states’ practices, such as expanding the dangerous practice of nuclear sharing and spending billions on a new nuclear arms race, only increase this risk. But it does not have to be this way.
The majority of the world’s states are taking action, rallying behind the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons! This treaty, adopted in 2017 and in force since January 2021, is the best way to end nuclear weapons for good. It presents a reality-based plan to get rid of nuclear weapons, a plan that involves governments, elected representatives, international organisations, civil society, the financial sector, and impacted communities, including indigenous communities and women and children who are disproportionately affected by nuclear weapons. It is where governments, scientists and campaigners from all over the world will come together to work on ending nuclear weapons, and it is the only place we will see real action towards nuclear disarmament in 2023.
- ICAN’s 2nd Meeting of States Parties page
- Briefing paper: TPNW Second Meeting of States Parties Policy Overview
- The Participants Guide
Global Day of Action
As governments, experts and campaigners get ready for a week of building on the treaty banning nuclear weapons, ICAN is calling for a global day of action Sunday 26 November to call for an end to nuclear weapons and bring attention to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Please find more information and resources here.
Pitching to Media
The second meeting of states parties of the TPNW at the UN is the one place we expect to see action on disarmament this year, so ICAN and its partners around the world are trying to encourage the media to cover the meeting. But a meeting in itself is not a ‘media hook,’ and instead, you want to frame your pitch around the expected outcomes. Our Head of Media has put together some language & tips to help here, and you can find ICAN's media briefing note here.