Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destruction prohibited by an international treaty. PAX is working to make sure the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force rapidly, and is signed and ratified by The Netherlands. We do this through public campaigning, political lobbying and publications, including the annual Don't Bank on the Bomb global study on investments in nuclear weapons producers.
PAX is an International Steering Group member of ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons), the leading global campaign coalition behind the ban on nuclear weapons.
The PAX No Nukes team publishes studies and policy recommendations and coordinates Dutch national efforts related to international campaigns. PAX also works behind the scenes at international conferences, including conferences on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Around twenty US nuclear weapons are stored at the Volkel air base in The Netherlands. Despite the majority global view that any use of these weapons would violate the principles of international humanitarian law (the laws of war) they are being replaced at the cost of billions of Euros. Nuclear weapons in The Netherlands are a public secret: the Government does not confirm or deny their existence, even though everyone knows they are there. The Dutch government participated in the negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons, but as the treaty explicitly prohibits the hosting of nuclear weapons, it is not yet ready to join.
Every year PAX publishes a unique global study on investments by financial institutions in companies that are involved in the production and maintenance of (key components of) nuclear weapons. The Don't Bank on the Bomb report includes examples from financial institutions that exclude these types of investments and an overview of all institutions that still invest in companies that are involved with these weapons of mass destruction. The study demonstrates and reinforces the growing stigma attached to nuclear weapons, including through global campaign activities PAX coordinates with ICAN partners.
PAX collected more than 45,000 signatures in the Sign Against Nuclear Weapons' citizen’s initiative (Teken tegen kernwapens burgerinitiatief). This required Parliament to hold a debate on a national ban on nuclear weapons. While the outcome did not result in a national ban, motions agreed as a result of that debate resulted in Dutch participation in negotiations for the international Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The PAX No Nukes-team is a key player in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). ICAN works towards full implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. More than 450 organizations from over 100 countries are part of ICAN. PAX is represented in the leadership of ICAN and supports global efforts with national activities. For more information visit www.icanw.org.