Report: ICAN Civil Society Forum 2013

“We have succeeded in reframing the issue of nuclear weapons” — Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide

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  • Objective: Change the nuclear weapons discourse

ICAN Civil Society Forum took place in the days immediately preceding the international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, on March 4-5. ICAN’s key strategic objectives in this conference was to contribute to a reframing of the nuclear weapons issue, and to get one or more states to announce a follow-up. In his final remarks, the Norwegian Foreign Minister stated that “we have succeeded in reframing the issue of nuclear weapons” and in the closing session Mexico announced its intention to host a follow-up. Click on the image below to read Reaching Critical Will’s report from the conference:

Conference report

  • Click here to read the conference programme. 
  • Click here to read the opening statement of the Norwegian Foreign Minister.
  • Click here to see the final list of participants to the conference.
  • Click here for a list of all presentations made during the conference.
  • Click here for a list of statements made during the conference.
  • Click here to read the final remarks of the Norwegian Foreign Minister.
  • Click here to read the Chair’s Summary

ICAN was the main civil society partner to this conference. In the run up to March, campaigners from more than 60 different countries acted upon ICAN’s action alerts, and reached out to their governments, encouraging them to register to the conference.

  • Click here to read ICAN’s action alerts and updates to campaigners in the run up to the conference.

By participating actively in the discussions at the conference and through coordinated lobby efforts, around 60 ICAN campaigners increased recognition of the unacceptable humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons among the government delegations, and encouraged all states to call for a global ban treaty in their interventions and statements. Live streaming of the opening sessions and the presentations, as well as ICAN’s interventions are available below:

  • Streaming from day 1 (click image to watch the movie):

Streaming 1

  • Streaming from day 2 (click image to watch the movie):

Streaming 2

  • ICAN’s intervention during the first working session on the immediate humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons (click image to read full statement):

Intervention 1

  • ICAN’s intervention during the second working session on the wider impact and longer-term consequences (click image to read full statement):

Intervention 2

  • ICAN’s intervention during the third working session on humanitarian preparedness and response (click image to read full statement):

Intervention 3

  • ICAN’s concluding statement (click image to read full statement):

Intervention 4

Written by daniel@icanw.org

2013/03/14 at 16:27

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