16d. Eliminate nuclear, biological, and toxic weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Photo: Tim Wright/ICAN

Two-thirds of UN member states have called for a nuclear-weapons convention similar to existing treaties banning other categories of particularly inhumane and indiscriminate weapons, from biological and chemical arms to anti-personnel land mines and cluster munitions. Such a treaty is feasible and must be urgently pursued.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Every dollar spent on nuclear weapons is a diversion of public resources away from health care, education and poverty alleviation.

Arielle Denis, ICAN Europe Campaign Director, ICAN meeting in Vienna in April 2012

Such a treaty is feasible and must be urgently pursued

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a grassroots movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons through a legally binding Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC). With over 200 partner organisations in 60 countries, ICAN provides a voice for people globally who support the abolition of nuclear weapons. In Japan and many other countries around the world, paper cranes are folded as a wish for peace.

In the UK, ICAN works with leading NGOs through education, parliamentary lobbying and nonviolent action. It has promoted the idea of negotiations for an NWC to MPs and to civil servants in the FCO and MoD. Since November 2007, over 180 MPs have signed Early Day Motions supporting a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

16. Promote a culture of tolerance, nonviolence, and peace.