Oslo: Historic global conference prepares ground for new initiative towards ban treaty
un article par Press release from the International Campaign Against Nuclear weapons (ICAN)
The historic Oslo Conference on the Humanitarian
Impact of Nuclear Weapons has concluded with the
announcement of a follow-up meeting to be hosted
by Mexico. A wide range of states and
organisations agreed that an understanding of the
global humanitarian consequences of nuclear
detonations should be the starting point for
urgent action to ban and eliminate nuclear
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At the meeting hosted by Norwegian Foreign
Minister Espen Barth Eide, around 130 states,
several UN agencies—including OCHA, UNDP and UNHCR
—as well as the international Red Cross and Red
Crescent movement, and ICAN, presented their
findings on the environmental, developmental, and
health consequences of nuclear detonations.
They concluded that no international response plan
could effectively be put in place to respond to
such an event. As the facts and evidence sank in,
many states expressed their recognition of a
shared responsibility to act to prevent any
accidental or intentional use of these weapons of
The announcement by Mexico to build on the
Norwegian initiative by hosting a further meeting
provides a new platform from which to consolidate
the humanitarian arguments and to engage all
states in a constructive dialogue to outlaw and
eliminate nuclear weapons.
Dr Rebecca Johnson, ICAN Co-Chair said: “This
Conference has shown that any use of nuclear
armaments would cause mass suffering, with
calculations of climate disruption and famine in
non-nuclear as well as nuclear-armed countries.
This global impact makes it the responsibility –
and right – of everyone to take action to stop
this from happening. The P5 have missed an
opportunity for dialogue here, but it has not
stopped countries moving forward. On the contrary,
Mexico’s welcome decision to host a further
meeting on this issue recognises that the nuclear
weapon free countries have an important role to
Thomas Nash, ICAN Steering Group member, said:
“This conference is a new beginning towards the
elimination of nuclear weapons. It is the first
time states have come together to consider the
humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons. 130
countries have chosen to confront the horror of
these weapons and have realised that far from
being powerless to do anything about it, they can
and must take responsibility for putting in place
a long overdue international ban.”
Dr Bob Mtonga, ICAN Steering Group member and
physician from Zambia: “This Conference has shown
us that the countries that have renounced nuclear
weapons and concluded regional Nuclear Weapons
Free Zones, such as Africa and Latin America, are
providing important moral leadership to carry
forward international efforts to free the world of
nuclear weapons and prevent the global public
health disaster that their use would create.”
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