Sehlac and Civil Society’s Role in Banning Nuclear Weapons
On April 24, an ICAN side event at the NPT Preparatory Committee took place in Geneva. The aim of this meeting was to discuss civil society’s role in moving the nuclear weapons agenda forward, with an emphasis on learning lessons and on sharing experiences.
It is important to remember that the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons are becoming an urgent concern for a growing number of states committed to preventing their use, and that ICAN is promoting the involvement of global civil society as a key factor in increasing the momentum towards a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
María Pía Devoto, member of the Human Security Network in Latin America and the Caribbean (SEHLAC) was one of the speakers at the event and her main message consisted of taking learning from the prominent results of other campaigns in Latin America. Other lecturers were: Kolade Fadahunsi, Nigeria; Sandy Fong, Fiji; Jacob Romer, Germany and Ahmed Saada, regional campaigner of ICAN-Egypt.
The different speakers’ presentations were very varied, reflecting their different backgrounds and nationalities. They presented their experiences in building ICAN campaigns in diverse political situations and encouraged exchanges among participants about inspiring advocacy strategies and tools and how best to engage with governments and civil society.