ABOUT ICAN

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Campaign overview

ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017. The campaign was launched in 2007, and now has more than 400 partner organizations active in more than 100 countries worldwide.


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Structure and people

ICAN is a broad, inclusive campaign, informed by the need, urgency and feasibility of abolishing nuclear weapons, and focused on mobilizing civil society around the specific objective of negotiating a global nuclear weapons abolition treaty. ICAN UK is a partnership of UK-based ICAN partners.


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Partner organisations

ICAN operates on a partnership model. Any organization that agrees with the campaign’s aims and does not use or advocate violence may become an ICAN partner organization. Partners pledge to promote the objective of a treaty banning nuclear weapons and identify publicly with the campaign.


  • 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