On July 7th, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons turned one. Our partner organisations - the campaigners who put their all into getting this treaty off the ground - and our friends are celebrating the historic occasion. Join them on twitter, facebook and instagram using #nuclearban.
For decades, people have been fighting against nuclear weapons. In 2010 states began to formally recognise that nuclear weapons pose an unnacceptable humanitarian risk. In 2017, negotiations for a ban treaty began. On July 7th 2017,
the UN adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
HOW DID WE GET HERE? Diplomacy, persistence and people power.
WE HAVE A TREATY. HERE ARE 5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP ACHIEVE ITS GOALS:
1. Rally a broad, strong movement
To stop nuclear weapons, we need everyone: doctors, unions, diplomats, activists, moms, dads, students, friends... and you!
2. Tell the stories of Survivors of Nuclear Use and Weapons testing
The way we talk about nuclear weapons must reflect their real, unacceptable effects on human beings. Emphasise the humanitarian risk and share the stories of the survivors of nuclear testing and use.
"A human life holds more weight than that of the earth. Nuclear weapons and humans cannot coexist. Peace cannot be derived from a hateful heart." - Ms Megumi Shinoda
Read messages and testimonies from hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on the 1945project.com
3. PRESSURE YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO SUPPORT THE #NUCLEARBAN
Parliamentarians, mayors, city councillors; elected officials are in a key position to promote the Treaty in every country, pushing for signing and ratification or promoting it abroad. Hundreds around the world have already taken the Parliamentary Pledge. Encourage your representatives to do the same.
4. SHAME AND ISOLATE COUNTRIES THAT HAVE OR ENDORSE NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Every time someone speaks up against nuclear weapons and says: "I believe nuclear weapons are inhumane, immoral and illegal. All countries should join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons" it chips away at their legitimacy. So say it, loud and often. And if you're in a country that endorses nuclear weapons, demand change!
Nuclear Weapons are unacceptable. They are inhumane, immoral, and thanks to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, they're also illegal. This is a no-brainer. All countries should be joining the #nuclearban. Tweet this →
Can't believe my government deems nuclear weapons acceptable. They are inhumane, immoral and illegal and our country should be joining the #nuclearban treaty! Tweet this →
5. STOP INVESTMENTS IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Under the Nuclear Ban Treaty it will not only be illegal to produce nuclear weapons, it will also be illegal to bankroll them. Major banks around the world have already chosen not to invest in companies that engage in nuclear weapons activities, and we're ramping up the pressure so they #DontBankontheBomb
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries 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 awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2017, for their "groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition" of nuclear weapons. More information about ICAN can be found at:www.ICANw.org