In July 2017 following a decade of advocacy by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and its partners, an overwhelming majority of the world's nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It will enter into legal force once 50 nations have signed and ratified it. So far, delegates from approximately 70 countries have signed it (not binding), and about 20 have ratified it (binding) with many more in the process of ratifying.
In November, 2018, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), WorldOregon, and the War Prevention Initiative presented a discussion about nuclear weapons and the nuclear disarmament movement. This two-part program includes the exhibit "Children Remember: Nuclear Stories Through Memories, Relationships, and Art" by artists Yukiyo Kawano and Oregon PSR Advisory Board member Chisao Hata. This powerful presentation arose out of a collaboration between atomic bomb survivors, or hibakusha, and high school student artists living in Hiroshima, and is a moving exploration of the tragedy of nuclear weapons use.
Also featured is the main speaker, Dr. Tilman Ruff, Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW, Nobel Peace Prize 1985) and founding international and Australian Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN, Nobel Peace Prize 2017) He detailed the devastating consequences to all of us and the planet of any use of nuclear weapons and explained the importance and history of the treaty.