Celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize for ICAN – Ministry of Defence #nuclearban

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Date(s) - 09/12/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ministry of Defence


Celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize for ICAN – Ministry of Defence

This year, the Nobel Peace Prize will be presented to ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).  ICAN has played a major role in getting the “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” adopted by the United Nations.

This treaty gives nuclear weapons the same status as chemical and biological weapons – all are illegal weapons of mass destruction.  The treaty was supported by 122 countries in a vote at the UN General Assembly in July 2017.  This is a major shift in international opinion, which the nuclear weapons countries were unable to prevent

The UK joined the USA, France, Russia and China in boycotting the negotiations on the treaty. On the day of the vote on the treaty, the UK, France and USA issued a petulant press release stating “We do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.”.  The UK, USA and France are also boycotting the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN in Oslo on Sunday 10th December.

At 11:00 on Saturday 9th December, ICAN has organized a “die-in” at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.  This event is supported by CND and Medact.  Medact is a medical charity that contributed crucial evidence on the catastrophic impact on health across the world resulting from any nuclear war.  The Lewisham and Greenwich CND banner will be at the corner of Whitehall and Horse Guards Avenue (the small road beside the MoD) at 12 noon.

Members of Parliaments throughout the world are being asked to sign a pledge supporting the treaty.  The text of the pledge and the current signatures are on http://www.icanw.org/projects/pledge/ . There are 45 MPs that have signed so far. Sadly none from South East London.


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