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Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

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Why is it necessary?

After the Non-Nuclear proliferation Treaty ratification approved in 1968 and the end of the Cold war, the discussion about the nuclear armament lost influence and was set aside. However, the problem still exists. The existence of a number of some massive destruction arsenals in some countries means, not only the maintenance of some privileges but also a real problem for the human security.
 
The existence of these arsenals and the failure in the nuclear disarmament puts to all of us in a context what the danger is that other countries or organisations acquire these type of weapons has increased.
 
This is the reason why the only possible scenario that can guarantee the security of the civilization is the total abolishment of the nuclear weapons. Being the politic willingness the principal obstacle, the civil society must ask their politicians to implement measures and tools to the issue and a real end to this absurdity.
 
What is the campaign about?

Centre Delàs participates in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) promoted by the International Peace Bureau. This campaign fights for the drafting of a treaty banning the use of nuclear weapons worldwide and it is ratified by the governments of different countries. The aim of the Centre Delàs is to give more impetus to an initiative that, through coordinated action of several institutions in the world, aims to completely eliminate nuclear weapons given the enormous danger to humanity.
 
Webs of the international campaign:
www.icanw.org
www.icanw.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/catalan.pdf
 
The Centre Delàs also takes part in the IPB initiative (International Peace Bureau) which, considering that there are different views on the role and importance of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, propose as a preparation for the revision of the TNP in the 2015 Conference; a series of events in different cities. These actions are part of the consequences of the release of atomic bombs - Hiroshima and Nagasaki - which celebrated its 70th anniversary on August 15.
 
Consult IPB commitment against nuclear weapons and nuclear energy
 
What can you do?
 
We encourage all individuals and collective groups to join and support the Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons and manage to put the debate on the political agenda due to that its one of the few measures that can achieve an end nuclear armament.  
There are several ways to participate and support the campaign; from political pressure and protests or demonstrations, conducting events and seminars, to spread the message through social media. Every small action carried out by the society can contribute to reverse the situation and let us be closer to the abolition of nuclear weapons.
 
We encourage you to participate in any action that is carried out in different parts of the world in favour of the campaign.
We encourage any individual or entity to be involved in different campaigns and initiatives from Centre Delàs.
We encourage participating directly in the ICAN campaign: www.icanw.org
We encourage participating directly in IPB campaign of www.ipb.org
We encourage participating directly from the campaign of CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament): www.cnduk.org
 
Activities

Tour hibakusha
The hibakusha Tour is an initiative carried out by Japanese anti-nuclear activists of the organization Gensuikyo during the autumn of 2015 with the aim to raise awareness and generate discussion about the future of nuclear energy and future prospects on the abolition of nuclear weapons. This tour consists of a set of events, debates and lectures on the above-mentioned situation with the support of victims of the atrocity of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Fukushima disaster.
 
The Centre Delàs supports this initiative and will help, together with other entities, the realization of these events, and the organization of an event in Spain (Sant Cugat, Barcelona).

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See all the information about the event "What world after Hiroshima?
 
Actions taken by the Centre Delàs
 
The Catalan Parliament votes in favour of the abolition of nuclear weapons, thanks to Centre Delàs pressure.
The Centre Delàs meets with parliamentary groups of the Congress of Deputies to get a ban on nuclear weapons (in Spanish)

LlibreNuclearsBook: Risks and threats of nuclear arsenal: reasons for prohibition and elimination

Book published by Editorial Icaria, in the context of the review of the NPT, collects deeply permanent dangers arising from the mere existence of nuclear weapons: the huge number of accidents reported, the possibility of it initiated a nuclear conflict because of human or technical error and field tests of this type of weaponry.

Authors: Xavier Bohigas and Teresa Fortuny
Language: Spanish
More information

Article: Declaration IPB 2015 NPT Review Conference
Article: A path to the prohibition of nuclear weapons (in Spanish)
Article: From Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Fukushima, to Chernobyl (in Spanish)
Article: International Day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons (in Spanish)

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