Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction that have not yet been prohibited by international treaty. This is unacceptable and extremely dangerous. Therefore PAX is working to ban nuclear weapons on an international level as well as in 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 calling for a ban on nuclear weapons. As emphasized by ICAN, the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons is now widely known and the international call for negotiations for a nuclear weapons ban is growing.
The PAX No Nukes campaign team publishes studies and policy recommendations and adapts international campaigns to the Dutch context. Moreover, PAX is present behind the scenes of important international conferences, such as the international conferences on the impact of nuclear weapons and meetings related to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Around twenty American nuclear weapons are stored at the Volkel air base in The Netherlands. These are outdated weapons that no longer serve any military purpose, but which are being modernised at the cost of billions of Euros.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.
PAX collected more than 40,000 signatures in the Sign Against Nuclear Weapons' citizens initiative. Therefore the Parliament must hold a debate on a national ban on nuclear weapons. 113 countries have already indicated that they want to negotiate an international ban; it is high time for the Netherlands to join this group of countries. For more information visit tekentegenkernwapens.nl.
The PAX No Nukes-team is a key player in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). ICAN calls on governments to work on a treaty that will lead to a ban on nuclear weapons. More than 400 organisations from 95 countries have joined ICAN. The No Nukes team conducts research and adapts international campaigns to the Dutch context. For more information visit www.icanw.org.
Every year PAX publishes a unique global study on investments by financial institutions in companies that are involved in the production, storage and maintenance of (components of) nuclear weapons. The Don't Bank on the Bomb report includes examples of financial institutions that already 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 every year around the report's publication.
For years, the only discussions conducted involved the military and strategic role of nuclear weapons. In 2013, there was a breakthrough: In Norway the first ever governmental conference was held about the humanitarian impact of a nuclear detonation. Meetings in Mexico and Austria followed. PAX played an important role in organising the Civil Society Forums prior to these conferences, and encouraging participating states to call for negotiations on a global treaty banning nuclear weapons. PAX continues advocating for a new legal instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons and encourages states to hold future international negotiations.