In October of 2017 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”. Jürgen Scheffran, Professor of Geography at the University of Hamburg and former Senior Research Scientist at ACDIS (2004–2009), contributed the following commentary.
INES (International Network of Engineers and Scientists) congratulates ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) on winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for its successful work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons. This treaty adopted by over 120 countries in the UN was a huge success of ICAN, its partners, one of which is INES, and other members of the peace movement.
And the campaign goes on, we have to continue pressuring our governments to sign the treaty.
David Krieger | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – TRANSCEND Media Service 23 Mar 2017 – Albert Einstein noted, “Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.” We humans have created the equivalent of a mousetrap for ourselves. And we’ve constructed tens of thousands of them over the seven decades of the Nuclear Age. In the mid-1980s, the world reached a high of 70,000 nuclear weapons, with more than 95 percent of them in the … Continue reading →
A report from Arielle Denis, Amela Skiljan und Reiner Braun actually in New York: Historical : The courage to ban the bomb! Today, as a result of a resolution supported by the overwhelming majority of States and after years and years of civil society advocacy, the negotiations over “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons and lead to their total elimination” started in the UN headquarters in New York. This historical achievement will create a clear stigma on the … Continue reading →
Declaration of Scientists for Peace Germany (NatWiss) of March 27 2017 on the UN-Negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Today, on March 27, in New York, negotiations start on a treaty “to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”. The large majority of United Nations supports the negotiations, except the nuclear weapons states and their allies. The arguments for a Ban Treaty and total nuclear abolition are overwhelming and urgent like never before:  Nuclear weapons are the … Continue reading →
IALANA have submitted the short version to the UN as an official NGO paper to be included on the website for the conference – https://www.un.org/disarmament/ptnw/index.html. SELECTED ELEMENTS OF A TREATY PROHIBITING NUCLEAR WEAPONS In this paper, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) discusses selected proposed elements of a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination, to be negotiated this year. IALANA draws in particular on our experience, with colleagues from other organizations in the drafting … Continue reading →