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International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Nuclear Weapons Ban Brief



On March 27, 2017, a majority of the world’s nations gathered

at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to begin

historic negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.


The Ban Brief offers regular updates on the ban negotiations, their

background, and their implications. It is written by Tim Wright,

Asia-Pacific director of the

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,

and Ray Acheson, director of Reaching Critical Will.

Ban Brief


Read Ban Brief posts:


28 March 2017

As 120 countries push for a ban, nuclear survivors take the floor

Ray Acheson

Governments plough forward on nuclear weapons prohibition, despite US opposition. On Tuesday, a Hiroshima survivor and a survivor of nuclear testing made the humanitarian case.

28 March 2017

Nuclear ban negotiators reject US-British-French boycott logic

Tim Wright

The many governments meeting to create a treaty banning nuclear weapons aim for an agreement as early as July, and even the Pope weighs in.

23 March 2017

The ban movement's early impact

Tim Wright

Efforts to establish a UN treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons are already having an effect, pressuring governments to explain why they're sitting out negotiations.

20 March 2017

A historic turning point for disarmament

Tim Wright

Almost half a century has passed since governments concluded the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Today, most of the 190 states party would agree that too little has been done toward realizing its core objective: a world free of nuclear weapons.




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