International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a global campaign coalition working to mobilize people in all countries to inspire, persuade and pressure their governments to initiate negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. It has 500 partner organizations in 103 countries, and was launched in 2007. www.icanw.org

29.09.2016

Governments submit draft resolution to commence ban treaty negotiations

Governments submit draft resolution to commence ban treaty negotiations

A group of governments have submitted a draft UN General Assembly resolution to start negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The document was circulated on Wednesday by its lead sponsors Austria, Mexico, South Africa, Ireland, Brazil and Nigeria and follows on from the recommendation of a UN Working… »

22.09.2016

Austria announces UN resolution to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017

Austria announces UN resolution to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017

Austria’s foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Wednesday that his country would join other UN member states in tabling a resolution next month to convene negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017. Speaking in the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in New… »

12.09.2016

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

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

September 9, 2016: North 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 –… »

21.08.2016

Majority of UN members declare intention to negotiate ban on nuclear weapons in 2017

Majority of UN members declare intention to negotiate ban on nuclear weapons in 2017

United Nations disarmament talks concluded in Geneva on Friday 19th of August with the overwhelming majority of nations signalling their intention to launch negotiations in 2017 for a global ban on nuclear weapons. One hundred and seven nations in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, together… »

19.07.2016

Britain renews commitment to nuclear weapons

Britain renews commitment to nuclear weapons

Late on Monday 18 July, the British parliament voted in favour of building four new nuclear-powered submarines to carry US Trident missiles armed with modernized nuclear warheads for the next half century. The vote gives permission to the government to sign multi-billion pound contracts with the aim of ensuring that… »

14.05.2016

UN nuclear talks: May session ends with huge support for ban

UN nuclear talks: May session ends with huge support for ban

The new UN working group on nuclear disarmament, the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), completed its second and most substantive session in Geneva today. 100 governments participated over the course of two weeks at the United Nations and many more contributed their support through a joint working paper from the… »

14.05.2016

ICAN protests outside missions of governments reluctant to support ban

ICAN protests outside missions of governments reluctant to support ban

At the May session of the UN working group in Geneva, a small number of nations extolled the supposed “security value” of nuclear weapons and spoke out against a ban. ICAN protested at the diplomatic missions of some of these nations on 12 May. Five campaigners wore nuclear bomb outfits… »

04.05.2016

Concrete proposals to ban nuclear weapons tabled at Geneva UN talks

Concrete proposals to ban nuclear weapons tabled at Geneva UN talks

Back in February, the UN General Assembly authorised the formation of a working group to study legal measures for nuclear disarmament.  This week and next week the group convenes again before finishing its work in August.  The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is working hard to ensure… »

03.05.2016

Governments meet in Geneva to discuss legal pathway to ban nuclear weapons

Governments meet in Geneva to discuss legal pathway to ban nuclear weapons

Preparations for nuclear war are ongoing. Nuclear-armed states have halted nuclear reductions, engaged in new modernization programmes and have blocked any nuclear disarmament negotiations at the Conference on Disarmament for the past 20 years. With escalating tensions between nuclear possessors, the risk of an accident is increasing. The world runs… »

24.03.2016

93% of Germans rejects nuclear weapons

93% of Germans rejects nuclear weapons

The overwhelming majority of Germans – a staggering 93 per cent – want nuclear weapons to be banned just as chemical and biological weapons have been banned, according to an opinion poll commissioned by the German chapter of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW),… »

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