ICAN Delegation at the World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Hayley Ramsay-Jones joined a delegation of campaigners for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) at the “2nd World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace,” held in Madrid, Spain, convened by Mayor Manuela Carmena on 5-8 November 2018. The purpose of the forum was to create “a meeting place for local leaders, international organisations and networks, the academic world, NGOs and civil society to form an open process of debate, reflection and construction of common solutions that foster urban environments capable of eliminating expressions of violence.”
As cities are also the principal targets of nuclear weapons, at this forum ICAN launched the newly created “ICAN Cities Appeal,” a pledge to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which can be endorsed by towns and cities, especially those in countries that have not yet signed and ratified the TPNW.  

At the forum, SGI helped organize a workshop on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, social injustice issues, and intersectionality, along with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). The SGI-ICAN exhibition, “Everything you Treasure: For a World Free of Nuclear Weapons” was also on display at the venue, with the support of SGI Spain.

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