On 5 August, Dr. Caldicott spoke at the webinar, “A nuclear weapon free world : 71 years in the making – is there an end in sight?”, presented by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
She was one of three world-renowned anti- nuclear researchers and campaigners:
- Dr Helen Caldicott, veteran international anti nuclear expert and campaigner
- Ray Acheson, Director, Reaching Critical Will
- Daniel Högsta, Network Coordinator for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
The discussion confirmed not only the DIRE NEED but also increasing HOPE and best of all, the surge of POLITICAL WILL to bring an end to nuclear weapons.
The speakers articulated the complex state of play in lay person’s terms, and identified key actions for individual and systems. These actions include the following:
- Join WILPF and encourage organisations to partner ICAN in order to build presence and increase our influence on member States;
- Become well versed in the humanitarian approach and related issues – including the language of the humanitarian approach which is key for opening the spaces for the non-nuclear States to have equal voice and challenge the status quo.
- Write to our politicians, and actively influence the media’s understanding and representation of issues. (You may love Helen Caldicott’s suggestion on this topic!)
Following are some more useful resources for supporting the move to a nuclear weapon free world:
- WILPF: UN talks may lead to a ban on nuclear weapons (report) and reminder for states to work towards a ban (blog post)
- Reaching Critical Will: Banning nuclear weapons (publication, statements & fact sheets)
- ICAN website homepage: Campaign News and UN talks to prohibit nuclear weapons (podcast)
- International Committee of the Red Cross: Past Issues