Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, Vienna 2014

Chair's Summary
Austrian Pledge
[As more states endorsed, this became the Humanitarian Pledge in May 2015]
Statements and presentations

The government of Austria hosted the third international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons on 8 and 9 December 2014 at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. This conference was aimed at strengthening the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime and at contributing to the growing momentum to firmly anchor the humanitarian imperative in all global efforts dealing with nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament. The confence will look at the impacts of nuclear weapon explosions, including nuclear testing; the risks of nuclear weapons use; challenges and capabilities regarding the use of nuclear weapons; and existing international norms and laws.

On the weekend before, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) hosted another Civil Society Forum, which was open to all interested NGO and governmental representatives. Campaigners, activists, experts, public figures, and survivors gathered to learn and to teach, to energize and be energized, to demonstrate our unity, and to demand the end of the era of nuclear weapons. Register today!

As with the other conferences on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Reaching Critical Will monitored the meeting and will provide an analytical report later during the week. We will also archive online all statements and other documents from the meeting and work with ICAN to continue building momentum for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.