From Tim Wright, ICAN <[email protected]>
Subject This is BIG: Fifty-six former leaders back UN nuclear weapon ban treaty
Date September 21, 2020 11:53 AM
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We have some exciting news to share with you: fifty-six former presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and defence ministers from 20 NATO member states, as well as Japan and South Korea, have just issued an open letter calling on their current governments to join the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.



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This is a major development. Co-signed by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and two former Secretaries-General of NATO, Javier Solana and Willy Claes (see the full list below) this letter is the most significant demonstration of high-level support for the treaty that we have seen in these countries to date. 



We hope it will inspire current decision-makers to turn this support into political action by joining the treaty. Will you help us make sure they don't miss it by sharing this letter far and wide? 



Read and share the New York Times coverage of this letter>> <[link removed]>



Thank you,



Tim Wright

Treaty Coordinator

ICAN



The 56 co-signers of the open letter in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons are:



Lloyd Axworthy, former foreign minister of Canada



Ban Ki-moon, former UN secretary-general and foreign minister of South Korea



Jean-Jacques Blais, former defence minister of Canada



Kjell Magne Bondevik, former prime minister and foreign minister of Norway



Ylli Bufi, former prime minister of Albania



Jean Chrétien, former prime minister of Canada



Willy Claes, former NATO secretary-general and foreign minister of Belgium



Erik Derycke, former foreign minister of Belgium



Joschka Fischer, former foreign minister of Germany



Franco Frattini, former foreign minister of Italy



Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, former foreign minister of Iceland



Bjørn Tore Godal, former foreign minister and defence minister of Norway



Bill Graham, former foreign minister and defence minister of Canada



Hatoyama Yukio, former prime minister of Japan



Thorbjørn Jagland, former prime minister and foreign minister of Norway



Ljubica Jelušič, former defence minister of Slovenia



Tālavs Jundzis, former defence minister of Latvia



Jan Kavan, former foreign minister of the Czech Republic



Alojz Krapež, former defence minister of Slovenia



Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, former foreign minister and defence minister of Latvia



Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former president of Poland



Yves Leterme, former prime minister and foreign minister of Belgium



Enrico Letta, former prime minister of Italy



Eldbjørg Løwer, former defence minister of Norway



Mogens Lykketoft, former foreign minister of Denmark



John Mccallum, former defence minister of Canada



John Manley, former foreign minister of Canada



Rexhep Meidani, former president of Albania



Zdravko Mršić, former foreign minister of Croatia



Linda Mūrniece, former defence minister of Latvia



Fatos Nano, former prime minister of Albania



Holger K. Nielsen, former foreign minister of Denmark



Andrzej Olechowski, former foreign minister of Poland



Kjeld Olesen, former foreign minister and defence minister of Denmark



Ana Palacio, former foreign minister of Spain



Theodoros Pangalos, former foreign minister of Greece



Jan Pronk, former defence minister (ad interim) of the Netherlands



Vesna Pusić, former foreign minister of Croatia



Dariusz Rosati, former foreign minister of Poland



Rudolf Scharping, former defence minister of Germany



Juraj Schenk, former foreign minister of Slovakia



Nuno Severiano Teixeira, former defence minister of Portugal



Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, former prime minister of Iceland



Össur Skarphéðinsson, former foreign minister of Iceland



Javier Solana, former NATO secretary-general and foreign minister of Spain



Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, former defence minister of Norway



Hanna Suchocka, former prime minister of Poland



Szekeres Imre, former defence minister of Hungary



Tanaka Makiko, former foreign minister of Japan



Tanaka Naoki, former defence minister of Japan



Danilo Türk, former president of Slovenia



Hikmet Sami Türk, former defence minister of Turkey



The late John N. Turner, former prime minister of Canada*



Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium



Knut Vollebæk, former foreign minister of Norway



Carlos Westendorp y Cabeza, former foreign minister of Spain







* ICAN would like to extend our condolences to the family of former Canadian prime minister John Turner, who passed away on 19 September 2020. Support ICAN’s work







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