"Nuclear weapons are unique in their desctructive power, in the unspeakable human suffering they cause, in the impossibility of controlling their effects in space and time, in the risks of escalation they create, and in the threat they pose to the environment, to future generations, and indeed to the survival of humanity."
Jakob Kellenberger, President of the International Committee for the Red Cross (April 2010)
In a historic resolution, the Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent movement moved to take up the issue of nuclear weapons abolition at the end of 2011. As the most respected NGO in the world, the ICRC has the possibility of being a game changer by educating the public on the real threat posed by nuclear weapons and the need for abolition. Since 2011, several affiliates of ICRC have taken up this campaign and have already had a significant impact. We would like you to take the resources we offer below and begin to build a relationship with your local affiliate. Here are three steps you can take to begin that process:
- Work with local elected officials and community leaders to endorse the Red Cross/Red Crescent resolution
- Generate local media coverage on the Red Cross/Red Crescent resolution
- Meet with your local Red Cross chapter or national society, provide them with the resources offered below, and present (or show Dr. Ira Helfand's video) on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons.
Resources for Outreach to ICRC affiliates:
The November, 2011 ICRC Council of Delegates Resolution titled, "Working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons."
A Medical and Public Health Deans' Letter, signed by 35 U.S. Deans, calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Expert reports on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons.
The Australian Red Cross education campaign on nuclear abolition.