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Nuclear Weapon Convention

The Nuclear Weapons Convention would ban the production, testing, use and possession of nuclear weapons, and establish a timeframe for their elimination. International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) founded the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which has organized over 200 organizations in 50 countries to sign a pledge for a nuclear weapon free world and pushes the Nuclear Weapons Convention.

The Convention was first introduced in 1997 and was drafted by a consortium of lawyers, scientists, physicians, former-diplomats and disarmament specialists and activists, made concrete and tangible what had been only academic and illusory for many years. The text was enthusiastically examined by NGOs, diplomats and submitted by Costa Rica to the United Nations as a discussion document (A/C.1/52/7)


Researcher Corner

Desmond Tutu Guardian Artcile - Desmond Tutu writes that the time to end nuclear weapons is now and makes the case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Update to Model Nuclear Weapon Convention - International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation and IPPNW made updates to the original 1997 version of the Convention.

Overview of Nuclear Weapon Convention Treaty / Arguments - ICAN's summary of the NWC.

Reaching Critical Will - Reaching Critical Will worked on a collection of essays on the Nuclear Weapons Convention that still remains relevant today.

ICAN Campaign Overview - Ways that you can be involved in pushing for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

ICAN's Case Against Nuclear Weapons - An informative and pusuasive booklet that can be used to educate people on why they should support nuclear disarmament.

Activist Corner

Physicians for Social Responsibility's primary work for the Nuclear Weapons Convention takes place through ICAN. As such, we encourage you to go to to learn about the international movement to take on the work to pass this important treaty.

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  • Dr. Ira Helfand Speaks at the UN

    Dr. Ira Helfand spoke before the Untied Nations General Assembly on September 10, 2015 as part of a panel addressing the pursuit of a nuclear weapons free world. Read more »

  • Video: We Have an Iran Deal! Now What?

    Watch PSR Security Program's latest webinar to understand the details of the Iran Deal and what you can do to keep the deal safe from Congress. Featuring speaker Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association. Read more »

  • Nukes in Your Backyard

    Ever wonder how many nuclear mishaps and facilities are in your own backyard? Then check out our new map featuring pinpoint locations of close calls and the stories behind them. Read more »

In the Spotlight

  • September 19, 2015
    Nukebusters Short Film Awards
    The votes are in! Five hundred people and three celebrity judges chose the best films on nuclear weapons.