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The humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons (HINW)

[From this page, you can access the key documents from all three HINW conferences, and a large number of civil society resources and commentaries, including those produced by IPPNW, ICAN—the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.]

The emerging movement to stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons based upon a fact-based understanding of their humanitarian impact represents our best chance in decades to achieve a nuclear weapons-free world. A deepening appreciation of the precise short- and long-term horrors that nuclear weapons inflict on human health and well-being has motivated a growing number of States and civil society supporters to demand that more urgent and more effective steps be taken to ban and eliminate these weapons in order to prevent their use.

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IPPNW’s new campaign kit makes the humanitarian case for banning and eliminating nuclear weapons

At the 2015 NPT Review Conference, 159 States signed a Joint Statement on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons, asserting their firm belief that “awareness of the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons must underpin all approaches and efforts towards nuclear disarmament,” and that “the only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons will never be used again is through their total elimination.”

The first intergovernmental conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons was convened in Oslo, Norway in March 2013. Follow-up conferences were held in Nayarit, Mexico in February 2014 and in Vienna, Austria in December 2014. IPPNW made substantial contributions to all three HINW conferences, which focused on the medical, environmental and social consequences of the use of nuclear weapons, including our most recent findings on the climate and famine effects of limited, regional nuclear war.

The Vienna HINW conference concluded with the “Austrian Pledge,” to “identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons,” and would “cooperate with all relevant stakeholders, States, International Organisations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements, parliamentarians and civil society, in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences and associated risks.” The renamed “Humanitarian Pledge” has now been joined by more than 100 countries.

 Oslo Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Nayarit Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Joint Statements on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

IPPNW Resources

ICAN Resources

International Red Cross Red Crescent Resources

Other Resources



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