ICAN Civil Society Forum

October 31, 2012

More than 500 campaigners from 70 countries gathered in Oslo, Norway, from 2 to 3 March 2013 for the ICAN Civil Society Forum, with the aim of ramping up efforts to get negotiations started on a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The two-day forum included presentations by international policy and military experts, the Red Cross and UN representatives.

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ICAN press statement →


Speakers included:

  • Martin Sheen, social activist and award-winning actor
  • Terumi Tanaka, survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing
  • Karipbek Kuyukov, victim of nuclear testing in Kazakhstan
  • John Dear, Jesuit priest and renowned peace activist
  • Gry Larsen, Norwegian state secretary
  • Ward Wilson, author of Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons

  • ICAN UK on Twitter

    • Supporters

    • sheen

      “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

      Martin Sheen Actor and activist

    • bankimoon

      “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

      Ban Ki-moon UN chief

    • yokoono

      “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

      Yoko Ono Artist

    • jodywilliams

      “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

      Jody Williams Nobel laureate

    • desmondtutu

      “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

      Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

    • herbiehancock

      “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

      Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

    • hansblix

      “I am proud to support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”

      Hans Blix Weapons inspector

    • dalailama

      “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

      Dalai Lama Nobel laureate