Indian ICAN campaigners hold conference in Delhi to build momentum for nuclear weapons ban
November 15, 2013
ICAN partner organization the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) organized a national conference in Delhi, India, on 8 November focusing on the role of South Asian nations in advancing a global ban on nuclear weapons. Citizens, activists, students and journalists came together to highlight the urgent need to adopt a global treaty to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons.
CNDP emerged in 2000 in response to the nuclear tests carried out two years earlier by the Indian government. The coalition is committed to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. Kumar Sundaram, a conference organizer, said: “A nuclear weapons ban would strengthen the moral and political ground for demanding that concrete time-bound steps be taken towards the total and complete elimination of nuclear weapons.”
Sundaram also said that, while cold war superpower nuclear tensions have eased, the same cannot be said in parts of Asia, where nuclear weapons continue to proliferate. “The time has come to take up the nuclear disarmament agenda energetically both at the state and the citizen level,” he said. “If chemical and biological weapons can be banned, so can nuclear armaments with their even greater potential for causing unacceptable harm.”
Around 120 people attended the conference, demonstrating that in India there is growing public concern about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the profound immorality of their possession and use. A follow-up meeting with students and activists will be held in the near future, also focusing on humanitarian concerns and the need for a ban.
More information at www.cndpindia.org.
By Jessica Lawson