We are all looking for a safe world where our children can grow safely. Where nuclear weapons would only be part of history books.

A year after the signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), the treaty can boast 69 signatories has 69 signatures and 19 ratifications. It is thereby the fastest rate of ratification of any weapon of mass destruction treaty.

WILPF participated in bringing the treaty to fruition as part of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Since the signing in 2017, we are ensuring the Treaty’s rapid entry into force and effective implementation. In March 2018,  we released our resource guide The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty: A Resource Guide for WILPF to support local activists and WILPF Sections’ actions toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

WILPF Sections all over the world have been working towards this goal throughout the past year. WILPF Sweden Section has, in collaboration with the Swedish Section of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear Weapons, developed a shadow report, entitled “In the Shadows of Power,” in response to the Swedish government’s inquiry on whether Sweden should join the TPNW.

“In the Shadows of Power”

The report includes twelve articles by activists and experts in the field, eight of which are in English (which will be looked at briefly below), and the remaining four in Swedish and Norwegian.

It brings a distinctly human aspect to the question of nuclear weapons and delves into the importance morally, politically, legally and historically of the TPNW. Moreover, it ensures accessibility to a wider audience, as the articles are concise and are mostly free of complicated jargon.

A Flip Through the Report


  • The Reason Why We Need to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
    Setsuko Thurlow, a leading figure in ICAN and a survivor of Hiroshima, explains how the risk associated with brandishing nuclear warfare as a threat is too high, and that the treaty is the best way to avoid the shadow cast by the threat of nuclear weapons.