Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Oslo, Norway, 4-5 March 2013

Representatives from 127 governments gathered in Oslo, Norway, from 4 to 5 March 2013 for the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. ICAN was the civil society partner and presented the below video statement in the opening session as well as four oral interventions, which highlighted that any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic humanitarian consequences.

The conference explored three topics: the immediate humanitarian impact of a nuclear weapon detonation, the wider impact and longer-term consequences, and the humanitarian preparedness and response capacity. Speakers included the Norwegian foreign minister, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The historic conference concluded with an announcement of a follow-up meeting to be hosted by Mexico. A wide range of governments and organizations agreed that an understanding of the global humanitarian consequences of nuclear detonations should be the starting point for urgent action to ban nuclear weapons. The follow-up conference will provide a new platform from which to consolidate the humanitarian arguments and engage all states in a constructive dialogue to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons.

ICAN press statement

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