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Nuclear weapons intervention

In March 2013, governments of 127 countries met in Oslo, Norway for the first ever global conference to examine the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons.

Wednesday March 6, 2013


The conference program included presentations by experts and discussions around the immediate humanitarian impact of a nuclear detonation; the possible wider developmental, economic and environmental consequences of such a detonation; and preparedness, including plans and existing capacity to respond to this type of disaster.

The landmark meeting of governments builds on the historic resolution passed by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in 2011 which called for an international convention to make the use of nuclear weapons illegal under international law.

Convened by the Government of Norway, the conference was attended by the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer and representatives of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Australian Red Cross representatives joined the IFRC delegation and Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner addressed the conference on behalf of the IFRC. Robert's intervention expressed the concerns of the world's largest humanitarian organisation that it does not have the capacity to respond to the unprecedented and insurmountable humanitarian challenges the use of nuclear weapons would create, making it clear that the only possible answer to nuclear weapons is their complete abolition and ensuring that they are never used again.

Read the intervention presented by Australian Red Cross on behalf of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Read more about the Australian Red Cross 'Make Nuclear Weapons the Target' campaign.