Ethics in Tech is proud to announce our new partnership with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons!
Founded in 2007 in Melbourne, Australia and based in Geneva, ICAN played a key role in the crafting and implementation of the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit such armaments. Although no declared nuclear powers are party to the treaty, it has been hailed as a “major milestone” on the road to a world without nukes. The treaty went into effect this January after gaining the requisite 50 signatories.
ICAN received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work “to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” and its “ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”
Ethics in Tech founder Vahid Razavi said that “nuclear weapons are an existential threat to life on Earth and a colossal waste of resources. We at Ethics in Technology are concerned about their proliferation and potential use.”
“Furthermore, the ongoing maintenance and future disposal of nuclear weapons pose additional risks and dangers,” added Razavi. “We support the work of ICAN and reaffirm our commitment to speak against these weapons at every opportunity that we get. It’s an honor to be a partner and associated with peace-seekers such as ICAN.”
Ethics in Tech board member Brett Wilkins said that “along with the climate emergency and pandemics, nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to human civilization. For the first time in history, humans have the power to end all life on our planet with horrific weapons that have already been used twice by the United States—and were almost used again on several occasions, either intentionally or by accident.”
“Instead of recognizing the utter madness of maintaining nuclear arsenals, countries including the United States continue to update or expand them, even as much of humanity says ‘enough’ and boldly commits to a future free from nuclear weapons in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We are proud to be partners with ICAN, which is working tirelessly for that future.”