Oslo Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons concludes

The historic Oslo Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons concluded this week with the announcement of a follow-up meeting to be hosted by Mexico.

At the conference, a wide range of states and organizations agreed that the starting point for urgent action to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons would begin with an understanding of the global humanitarian consequences of nuclear detonations.

Approximately 130 states, several U.N. agencies, the international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, and ICAN presented findings on the environmental, developmental and health consequences of nuclear detonations at the meeting, concluding that no international response plan could effectively be put in place to respond to such an event.

Many states in attendance expressed recognition of a shared responsibility to act to prevent any accidental or intentional use of nuclear weapons.

"This conference has shown that any use of nuclear armaments would cause mass suffering, with calculations of climate disruption and famine in non-nuclear as well as nuclear-armed countries," ICAN co-chair Dr. Rebecca Johnson said. "This global impact makes it the responsibility - and right - of everyone to take action to stop this from happening. The P5 have missed an opportunity for dialogue here, but it has not stopped countries moving forward. On the contrary, Mexico's welcome decision to host a further meeting on this issue recognizes that the nuclear weapon free countries have an important role to play."