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Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in General News

ICAN: NPT Review Conference Starts Today

Dear friend,

190 governments are gathering today for the start of the 2015 NPT Review Conference. This is one of the major governmental meetings on nuclear weapons this year, and a big chance for our call to ban nuclear weapons to be heard.

Today and tomorrow, foreign ministers from all over the world will speak at the opening session of the NPT.  We need your help to call on governments to launch a process to ban nuclear weapons. While every state will be important for the success of this process, big or small, there are a few humanitarian disarmament champions that could lead a process for a ban on nuclear weapons.

Pick a Foreign Minister (or all of them) and send a tweet to encourage them to start negotiations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons by the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

ICAN will be in New York throughout the Review Conference, campaigning for the launch of negotiations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons. You can read more about what’s at stake here. But don’t forget to follow us on social media to get instant updates on the developments in New York.

Best regards,

Click the links below to tweet the country of your choice!

Norway: has always been a strong champion of humanitarian disarmament and hosted the first groundbreaking conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons in Oslo. But a recent change of government has casted doubts about Norway’s commitment to humanitarian disarmament. Let the parliament know that we expect Norway to remain a humanitarian champion and support the humanitarian initiative.

Mexico: at the conclusion of the Nayarit conference on the humanitarian impact, the Mexican Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs called for negotiations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons to start by the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Austria: At the Vienna conference, the Austrian foreign minister pledged to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.

As the NPT starts, well over 70 states have supported this pledge. It is time for Austria to gather the supportive states and figure out how to fill the gap.

South Africa: Rumors have had it that South Africa is considering to host a conference. While nothing has been confirmed, we hope that South Africa will lead the humanitarian initiative into the next phase.

Tell South Africa that we are waiting for them to take the lead on a process to ban nuclear weapons.

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