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Nobel Laureates call for ban treaty negotiations

October 24, 2016

fb-nobel-laureates-ban-treaty-2016[The following statement, calling on the UN First Committee to adopt a resolution mandating negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, has been endorsed by 15 Nobel Peace Laureates and two Laureates in other fields. Their names are listed at the end of the statement.]

The dangers posed by nuclear weapons are utterly unacceptable, and the only sure way to prevent an unthinkable catastrophe is to eliminate them completely. Read more…

Ban treaty is about security of all

October 12, 2016

[ICAN delivered the following statement to the UN First Committee today, during a special civil society session. The statement was read by Jasmin Nario Galace of The Philippines.]

Statement by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, 12 October 2016

Honorable Chair and Members of the First Committee,

I take the floor on behalf of ICAN—the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons—a global campaign coalition comprising 440 partner organizations in 98 countries. ICAN fully supports the resolution calling for negotiations to commence in 2017 on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. Read more…

Isn’t it time to ban the bomb?

September 13, 2016
"Ban the bomb" — 1959

“Ban the bomb” — 1959

Although the mass media failed to report it, a landmark event occurred recently in connection with resolving the long-discussed problem of what to do about nuclear weapons. On August 19, 2016, a UN committee, the innocuously-named Open-Ended Working Group, voted to recommend to the UN General Assembly that it mandate the opening of negotiations in 2017 on a treaty to ban them. Read more…

ICAN condemns North Korea’s nuclear test, urges nations to pursue global nuclear weapon ban

September 9, 2016

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a campaign coalition that includes IPPNW and more than 400 other partner organizations worldwide, has released the following statement in response to today’s nuclear test by North Korea.

ICAN-logo-for-emailNorth Korea today confirmed that it had conducted its most powerful nuclear test explosion to date, with an estimated yield of 10 kilotonnes, triggering a magnitude 5.3 earthquake. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – a coalition of non-government organizations in close to 100 nations – strongly condemned this reckless and destabilizing act, which runs counter to the growing tide of international support for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Read more…

Kenya medical students: What do the SDGs have to do with health and peace?

September 8, 2016

By Dr. Peter Mburu, Kenya Association of Physicians and Medical Workers for Social Responsibility (IPPNW-Kenya)

Myself and other members of the Kenya Association of Physicians and Medical Workers for Social Responsibility (APMS) held a student workshop recently at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, the highland home base of Kenyan athletes. We were invited by the Moi student chapter, and in the APMS tradition, we tackled a theme chosen by the students – in this case, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more…

Ban treaty recommendation on its way to UN First Committee

August 19, 2016
Support for a ban treaty only grew stronger during the final session of the OEWG, despite attempts by Australia and some NATO states to sabotage the outcome.

Support for a ban treaty grew stronger during the final session of the OEWG, despite attempts by Australia and some NATO states to sabotage the outcome.

The world took one step closer to banning nuclear weapons today, when the UN Open-Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) voted to recommend that the General Assembly mandate negotiations on a ban treaty to commence in 2017 when it meets in New York in October. Read more…

Next stop—First Committee

August 19, 2016

The OEWG has just adopted a report calling for negotiations on a ban treaty to commence in 2017! The vote count — 68 yes, 22 no, 13 abstentions — reflects only those states in the room at the time of the vote. ICAN counts real number of ban supporters participating in OEWG as 107. Even more when all Pledge States are counted. A last-minute attempt by Australia to block the report failed, with the result that opposing states are even more isolated.

Next stop, First Committee!

Majority vote for OEWG report recommending commencement of negotiations on a ban treaty.

Majority vote for OEWG report recommending commencement of negotiations on a ban treaty.

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