On the 6th and 7th of December, Vienna will host the ICAN Civil Society Forum, a weekend for campaigners and activists to learn and to teach, to energize and be energized, to make their views about nuclear weapons heard. It’s going to be a fantastic event, here are seven reasons why our Ambassador Nick Watts thinks you should join in:
- Be part of a growing movement. More and more individuals, organisations and countires are supporting a ban on nuclear weapons. The campaign is growing and now’s the time to get involved!
- Learn and skill up. The conference will be packed full of useful and interesting workshops, panel discussions and talks direct from the experts. There won’t be many opportunities to learn from this many…
- Inspiring people. At the ICAN Action Academy in Berlin we had the chance to skype Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the Hiroshima nuclear bombing. She’s a real inspiration; five minutes talking to Setsuko will turn you into a nuclear weapons campaigner for life! The Vienna forum is going to bring together the brightest, most courageous voices in nuclear campaigning and you’ll get to meet them in person.
- Make your voice heard. With so many representatives from around the world it’s a great opportunity to develop your understanding and opinions on nuclear weapons issues. It’s a chance to share ideas, success stories and challenges for disarmament with people from political and civil-society organisations across the globe.
- Influence political decision makers. Directly after the ICAN civil society forum, representatives from governments around the world will be meeting to discuss the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. There’ll be opportunities to let them know what you think, what you’d like to happen and to put the pressure on for them to do the right thing.
- Build a movement. Big challenges require big movements and the only way to build one is to meet and build relationships with like-minded people! Vienna will be a great platform to meet people who can help one another and build powerful coalitions with a strong voice.
- You get to visit Vienna! What better place to work towards a ban on nuclear weapons than in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Music, coffee houses, chocolate, ridiculously grand architecture. If you can pull yourself away from the forum that is…