Anti-Nuke Odyssey 2013: From Oslo to Manama and Now to Geneva Then to Mexico


Human Wrongs Watch

This year, the global campaign for a world free from nuclear weapons seems unstoppable. After a week of intensive activities in Oslo during the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons -which followed the Civil Society Forum-, major anti-nuclear campaigners moved to Bahrain, in yet another step towards the abolition of the “most inhumane” killing tools in the history of humankind. Now the campaign will move to Geneva before going to Mexico.

The radioactive incineration of cities  | Image source: ICAN

The radioactive incineration of cities | Image source: ICAN

In fact, following on from the success of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Civil Society Forum in Oslo (2-3 March), and the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (4-5 March), the anti-clear campaign gained further support also in Manama.

There, the Exhibition “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Towards a World Free from Nuclear Weapons” is now being shown during the period 13-23 March, organised by the Tokyo-based y the Tokyo-based non-governmental civil society association Soka Gakkai International (SGI), with the support of ICAN, among others.

Back to Back with the Non-Proliferation Treaty Meeting

Now ICAN is organising a two-day campaigners meeting in Geneva from 20–21 April, 2013.

The Geneva encounter will take place immediately before the 2013 meeting of parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) (22 April–3 May), where ICAN continues to build recognition of the unacceptable humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and the need for a multilateral process of negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

The campaigners hope that governments will consider the outcome of the Oslo conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by Norway from 4–5 March, and the announcement by Mexico to hold a follow-up conference.

The Geneva meeting will focus on the road towards Mexico, and how to use forums like the NPT for building the anti-nuke world campaign.

¡Hasta Mexico!

“We have succeeded in reframing the issue of nuclear weapons,” the Norwegian foreign minister, Espen Barth Eide, told representatives from 127 states, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and a range of UN agencies and civil society actors in Oslo on 5 March.

Mexico announced its intention to host a follow-up to the Oslo conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, and everyone working for a treaty banning nuclear weapons knew that the game was on.

Image source: ICAN

Image source: ICAN

The Oslo conference provided ICAN with an opportunity to change the nuclear weapons discourse.

It was a unique chance to work with the people who have experienced the all-too-real humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons, and to show to the media and governments that we are a coordinated, focused and energized movement, and we will not stop until we have a global ban treaty in place, says ICAN.

To seize this opportunity, ICAN organized a series of events in and around this conference. A preliminary online report from these events, including photos, videos, a list of participating organizations and an overview of the news coverage, is available available here.

“After Oslo, the question is no longer whether a treaty banning nuclear weapons will be achieved. From now on, the questions are when and how. The train has left the station, and we know that we have a very exciting journey ahead of us,” according to ICAN.

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