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Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Physicians for Social Responsibility works to protect humanity from the gravest threats to health and survival. Right now, you can make a difference by registering your comments on the EPA's new Clean Power rule to limit carbon from existing coal-burning power plants. Just click the button to get started.

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 icanw.org to learn about the international movement to take on the work to pass this important treaty.

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