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ICAN, in Vienna, calls for negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons

December 8, 2014

More than 150 states gather in Vienna for global conference on nuclear weapons

In a demonstration of overwhelming support from the international community, representatives from more than 150 states are gathering in Vienna, Austria for the third international conference to examine the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

Prior to the government talks, more than 500 activists assembled in the biggest gathering of civil society on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Read more…

CSF Vienna—day two: the writing on the wall

December 8, 2014


ICAN volunteers celebrate (and are celebrated!) at the conclusion of the Civil Society Forum in Vienna.

ICAN volunteers celebrate (and are celebrated!) at the conclusion of the Civil Society Forum in Vienna.

Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu set the tone for the second day of the ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna during a video message at yesterday’s opening session:

“The writing should be on the wall for the nuclear powers,” said Archbishop Tutu. “A treaty banning nuclear weapons is on the way. The momentum is unstoppable.”

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“The courage to ban nuclear weapons”: ICAN Civil Society Forum opens in Vienna

December 7, 2014

AulaMore than 600 civil society campaigners from around the world filled the Aula der Wissenschaften (Hall of Sciences) for the first day of the ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna yesterday. “The courage to ban nuclear weapons,” is both the theme of the two-day campaign gathering, and also the message that campaigners intend to bring to the third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference begins on Monday, and 150 States have already registered, exceeding the numbers that came to the previous HINW conferences in Oslo and Nayarit. Read more…

Nuclear weapons: the road to prohibition

December 2, 2014

Nuclear weapons are the greatest threat to the health and survival of mankind. This statement from the World Health Organisation in the 1980s is echoed in the recent call to action from the International Red Cross: Nuclear weapons must be abolished.

But climate change? Is that not the greatest danger? OK, let’s not argue. Climate change is already here and experienced by most of us. We know that if strong and decisive action is not taken soon by all states we will face grave problems for mankind, in this century and worse in the next. But as far as we can prophesize, mankind and human civilisation will survive the climate catastrophes, maybe with tremendous losses. Read more…

Vienna – the city of hope

December 1, 2014

On December 8 and 9, there will be an intergovernmental conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons hosted by the Austrian government in the beautiful and historic capital, Vienna, where the first settlements date back to 500 BC. With my own love for Vienna and great expectations for the conference, I have asked some friends what thoughts and feelings they have about the city and what they hope will come out of the conference. Read more…

IPPNW launches new campaign kit on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

November 21, 2014

HINWCampaignKitIPPNW has produced a new Campaign Kit on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, presenting the essential facts about their medical, environmental, and humanitarian effects in clear, simple, and accurate language.

“This important new tool will help ICAN campaigners and other abolition activists make a compelling and irrefutable humanitarian case for banning and eliminating nuclear weapons,” said Program Director John Loretz, who will lead a workshop on the kit and its campaigning uses during the upcoming ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna. Read more…

The use of nuclear weapons

November 6, 2014

NoNukesKidsThey always tell us that nuclear weapons will never be used.

The fact is that nuclear weapons are used every day by the nuclear-armed states to threaten the rest of the world with total annihilation, while threatening themselves with the same fate.

During the time of the Cold War, we called such an insane situation MAD: Mutual Assured Destruction. The threat was immediate and the situation very dangerous. We don’t like to think about it, but today’s risk that nuclear weapons can be detonated somewhere deliberately or by accident is at least as high. The doomsday clock of the atomic scientists is set at five minutes to midnight. Read more…


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