Conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Oslo 2013
The catastrophic humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons was the topic of conversation in Oslo for the first week of March 2013.
From 2-3 March, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) hosted a Civil Society Forum to demonstrate that the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapon use would be unacceptable and to inspire each other and states to begin the work of outlawing these weapons. 450 people from 70 countries participated in the Forum.
The government of Norway then hosted an international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons from 4-5 March.The meeting was a huge success, with the participation of 127 governments, UN agencies, international organizations, and civil society. The historic conference concluded with the announcement of a follow-up meeting to be hosted by Mexico.