Interview with Tilman Ruff, founding chair of ICAN

The Humanity at a Crossroads – Prohibition or Continued Reliance on Nukes?

Pugwash Council Member Katariina Simonen interviewed Dr. Tilman Ruff, the founding chair of the Nobel Peace Laureate (2017) ICANand co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons” (The Norwegian Nobel Committee).

During the interview, Dr Ruff stated that “Much work is needed to, first, bring the Nuclear Ban Treaty quickly into force and, thereafter, to consolidate it into robust international law, capable of exercising effective pressure on nuclear weapon states.”

Moreover, he pointed out thatSpecific attention needs to be paid to disarmament education so that the public is genuinely aware not only of the current threat posed by nuclear weapons but also of the role of their own government’s policy in either consolidating the current nuclear architecture or its efforts to abolish it.

The full text of the interview is available here