Tuesday, April 24, 2007


The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ican) was launched in Victoria yesterday at a luncheon at Parliament House. Speakers included the Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser A.C., C.H., Professor Fred Mendelsohn, Dr. Joeseph A. Camilleri, and Judge Christopher Weeramantry with video messages from Gareth Evans, Jody Williams and John Howard (the actor, not the other one).
Can you imagine a world without nuclear weapons? ican!
ICAN is a new campaign initiated by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), a federation of medical professionals in 60 countries. The organisation received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for uniting doctors across the Cold War divide to raise awareness of the threats posed by nuclear weapons. Its prescription for survival was, and remains, the complete elimination of nuclear weapons

ICAN focuses on the roots of the nuclear weapons problem - the continued possession of nuclear weapons by a small minority of countries, who risk their use by design, accident, miscalculation or by terrorists, and whose weapons are an incentive to others to also become nuclear armed.

ICAN aims to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention to ban the development, possession and use of nuclear weapons.