#HINW14vienna - Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Vienna, Hofburg 8-9 December 2014


  1. The participation of 158 countries - for the first time including the USA and the UK - as well as the strong support of the civil society, various NGO's, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and many, many more made the third conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons a huge success.
  2. The HINW14vienna Conference was opened by Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, followed by Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament who delivered a message of Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima Peace Ambassador and Survivor of the atomic bomb explosion on 6 August 1945 and Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi who delivered a message of His Holiness Pope Francis.
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  4. Day two of the Conference on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons started with a side event at the Austrian Parliament. Meanwhile Dell Higgie, Ambassador for Disarmament of New Zealand and Helmut Tichy, legal advisor of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, chaired the session on International Norms and the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.
  5. On day two, more than 100 participating states, NGO's and several civil society organisations lined up for their statements during the general debate.