The Netherlands should actively negotiate an international nuclear weapons ban treaty

by Selma van Oostward, PAX The Dutch government must actively work on the start of negotiations on an international treaty banning nuclear weapons. This motion is one of the outcomes of the parliamentary debate on PAX’ citizen’s proposal ‘Ban nuclear weapons in the Netherlands’ (April 28, 2016) and was adopted by a large majority on… Continue reading The Netherlands should actively negotiate an international nuclear weapons ban treaty

A majority of the world’s governments is ready to negotiate a ban

As delivered by Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN, at the Open Ended Working Group on May 13, 2016 Thank you Mr. Chairman, and I would just like to thank you and your team for the excellent work that has been done. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, is a campaign coalition consisting… Continue reading A majority of the world’s governments is ready to negotiate a ban

ICAN statement to the OEWG 2 May 2016

I thank the distinguished panellist for her informative presentation. I speak on behalf of Seguridad Humana en Latinoamérica y el Caribe (SEHLAC), a partner organization of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The alarming evidence presented today and at the previous session of the open-ended working group indicates that the risk of a nuclear… Continue reading ICAN statement to the OEWG 2 May 2016

Four leading health federations warn: nuclear weapons must be prohibited

Credits: Medact

The four leading international federations representing the world’s physicians, public health professionals, and nurses have come together for the first time to warn governments that urgent action is needed to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. A new treaty banning nuclear weapons would be “the only course of action commensurate with the existential danger they pose.”… Continue reading Four leading health federations warn: nuclear weapons must be prohibited

States expected to call for nuclear weapons ban at UN talks in Geneva

The United Nations General Assembly voted in December 2015 to establish a special working group with a mandate to develop “legal measures, legal provisions and norms” for achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world. The so-called Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) is intended to build on the findings and conclusions of the three “humanitarian impact” conferences in 2013 and… Continue reading States expected to call for nuclear weapons ban at UN talks in Geneva

ICAN statement at the OEWG

ICAN executive director Beatrice Fihn delivered this statement to the UN working group on nuclear disarmament in Geneva on 23 February

Frequent Asked Questions: North Korea nuclear test

What do we know? On 6 Janurary 2016 North Korean official state media reported that it had carried out a successful test of a thermonuclear weapon, also known as a hydrogen bomb. This announcement followed a statement by the CTBTO that it had detected an “unusual seismic event” at the site of North Korea’s most… Continue reading Frequent Asked Questions: North Korea nuclear test