On 6 – 13 July 2013Nuclear Abolition Weekkicks off with activities across the world for a ban on nuclear weapons. This week of action is an opportunity for people around the world to demand a treaty banning nuclear weapons, so that these instruments of unacceptable harm and suffering can be eliminated forever.
During this week, ICAN campaigners will take to the streets, meet with policymakers, organise public meetings, share their shadows and more to show their government that they expect full-fledged support for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
Last year, for Nuclear Abolition Day, we saw hundreds of campaigners taking action to condemn the effects of nuclear weapons. They organized street actions, flash mobs and demonstrations around the world.
Here are just a few of the planned events for the upcoming week:
In the Netherlands, campaigners will attempt to establish a Guinness Book World Record for most parliamentary signatures calling for a ban on nuclear weapons and will also attempt to get the most signatures of any country for the ICAN petition.
In Sweden, at the high-profile annual gathering of major political parties on the island of Gotland, campaigners and medical students will participate in seminars and take the blood pressure of attendees and passers-by while discussing the urgency of a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
In Costa Rica, a public «Target X» demonstration in the heart of San José will focus on capturing shadows as part of the Share Your Shadow initiative and gathering signatures for the ICAN petition. After a week of shadow-gathering, the pictures will be compiled into a mural that will be on display for Hiroshima Memorial Day in August.