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The ban treaty is transformative

March 29, 2017

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Statement to the UN conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their elimination, Topic 2

Delivered by Ray Acheson, Director of Reaching Critical Will
29 March 2017

Ray Acheson urges the conference to produce the strongest possible prohibition

Thank you Madame President,

Thank you for this opportunity to address this conference. WILPF has prepared a paper on principles, prohibitions, and positive obligations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons. After listening closely to interventions from delegations this morning, I would like to comment on a few of the prohibitions and positive obligations. Read more…

We must fill the legal gap completely

March 29, 2017

[ICAN delivered the following statement on core prohibitions that should be included in the ban treaty during the civil society session of the negotiation conference on March 29.]

Thea Katrin Mjelstad presents ICAN’s views on core ban treaty prohibitions.

Madam President:

I speak on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, and its partner organization Norwegian People’s Aid Solidarity Youth.

The community of nations must fully seize this historic opportunity to establish an unambiguous, comprehensive global prohibition on the very worst weapons of mass destruction. Read more…

Wholly unacceptable and unethical weapons

March 29, 2017

ICAN statement on preambular elements

UN Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards Their Total Elimination

Linnet Ngayu speaking for ICAN at ban treaty negotiations

Thank you, Madam President.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, wishes to make the
following recommendations for the preamble:

First and foremost, it must convey our deep concern at the catastrophic
humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons – and our determination,
for the sake of all humankind, to eliminate these abhorrent, earth-destroying
weapons forevermore. Read more…

“We may not have a second chance”

March 29, 2017

[IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff delivered the following statement to the United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons leading towards their total elimination. Watch the video on IPPNW’s YouTube channel.]

Tilman Ruff prepares to address the ban treaty conference

UN New York 29 March 2017

These negotiations grew out the humanitarian initiative, advanced by ICRC president Kellenberger’s 2010 call to the Geneva diplomatic corps, and the subsequent recognition of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons in the consensus outcome document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference. Read more…

Actually banning nuclear weapons

March 28, 2017

Sue Coleman-Haseldine (r) and Setsuko Thurlow prepare to address the ban treaty negotiations at the UN

Ban treaty negotiations day 2:

ICAN executive director Beatrice Fihn captured the spirit of the day during our debriefing meeting, when she said “Today it felt like we made the transition from arguing that we need a ban treaty to actually banning nuclear weapons.” Read more…

“The ban treaty will change the world”

March 28, 2017

[The following statement was read by Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow, on behalf of ICAN, during the first series of civil society statements at the ban treaty negotiations conference.]

Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow delivers impassioned opening statement on behalf of ICAN

Distinguished Delegates,

I am honored to be given this opportunity, as a survivor from Hiroshima, to speak at this historic occasion. Already 72 years have passed since my beloved hometown was utterly destroyed by one atomic bomb. Read more…

First day of negotiations “an historic and essential step”

March 28, 2017

Day 1 at the ban treaty negotiations:

ICRC president Peter Maurer addresses the conference by video

ICAN campaigners on the floor of Conference Room 4 counted 115 states participating, a really encouraging number that we hope to increase during the week. After high-level opening statements delivered on behalf of the Secretary General and Pope Francis, and from UN High Representative of Disarmament Affairs Kim Won-soo, ICRC president Peter Maurer, and atomic bomb survivor Toshiko Fujimori, the conference heard opening statements from 24 individual states and five regional groupings. A list of states who spoke and copies of their statements, when available, are on the Reaching Critical Will website. Read more…

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