Paper Crane Project

Secretary-General Receives Paper Cranes, Symbols of Hope for Nuclear-Freee World

A group of ICAN youth campaigners from high schools in Hiroshima, Japan have embarked on a project to make 1000 paper cranes for the president or prime minister of every member state of the UN (this would amount to over 192,000 paper cranes) to promote the issue of nuclear disarmament and to provoke commitment or support to a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The paper crane is a traditional Japanese symbol of good health and since the 1945 bombings the paper crane has become a symbol for a nuclear-free-world.  So far the group have received responses from 20 states that are available to view on their website.

The action of the ICAN youth is inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki .

Sadako’s Story:

Sadako Sasaki was two years old at the time of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Despite being just 1 kilometre from the centre of the blast, she survived the immediate effects.

 However, 10 years later purple spots started to form on her legs as a result of radiation sickness from the bombing. She was diagnosed with leukaemia, a cancer of the blood. While in hospital, she learned that, according to Japanese legend, if she folded 1,000 paper cranes she would be granted a wish. She started out folding dozens of cranes each day. When she ran out of paper, she used medicine wrappings and whatever else she could find. But then her condition worsened and she could only manage to fold one or two a day. Sadly, she died before reaching her target of 1,000 cranes. Her friends folded the remainder after her death.

Sadako now symbolizes the impact of nuclear weapons on children. A memorial has been built in Hiroshima to honour her and all other child victims of the nuclear bombings.


For more information on this fascinating project click here.


Bombs No More

This is an ICAN initiative that aims to engage members of the public with the nucelar disarmament issue through art.

They are encouraging citizens of all ages to transform an image of a bomb into something peaceful. The aim is to gather as many as possible from around the world to show world leaders that the people of their countries do not want nuclear weapons.

They have already collected numerous pictures from around the world that are viewable on their website.

To find out more click here.

To view the image gallery click here.

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Scrap Trident Petition

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) have launched a petition that proposes the scrapping of plans for the renewal of the UK nuclear weapons program 'Trident' and is also in support of a Nuclear Weapons Convention that would allow the global outlawing of nuclear weapons.

To sign the petition and show your support for British and global nuclear disarmament then follow the link here.

CND are also calling on people to contact their MP requesting that they sign the Early Day Motion 96 (EDM 96). EDM 96 calls on the government to scrap the Trident renewal plans.

To find out more please visit the site.


ICAN petition

The International Campaign for the abolition of nuclear weapons (ICAN) are also running a petiton to call on governments to initiate and support negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the earliest possible date.

You can find the petition on the ICAN website.

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Survey on Domestic and International Nuclear Disarmament

To gauge public attitudes to domestic and international nuclear disarmament we have created a short survey. 

The results are available here.

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