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The Global Uranium Ban Campaign is based on the demand made at the 19th World Congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW, Nobel Peace Prize recipients, 1985) in Basel, 2010, calling for a worldwide ban on uranium mining. The IPPNW demand reads: “Uranium ore mining and the production of uranium oxide (yellowcake) are irresponsible and represent a grave threat to health and to the environment. Both processes involve an elementary violation of human rights and their use leads to an incalculable risk for world peace and an obstacle to nuclear disarmament.”

Statements identical in spirit were also framed at the First Radiation Victims Conference in New York City in 1987, at the 1992 World Uranium Hearing held in Salzburg, Austria, at the 2006 Indigenous Uranium Summit held in Window Rock, Arizona (the capital of the Navajo Nation), and most recently in April 2015 at the World Uranium Symposium in Quebec City. (

The Nuclear-Free Future Award Foundation will host, steer, promote, and coordinate the campaign. In the making is a website with an interactive, multimedia segment entitled “Atlas of the Atomic Age” – a journey through time that traces the origins of uranium mining and processing to the situation we must overcome today. NGOs laboring on the uranium issue are invited to join the “U-Ban” (as it is already called around the world). Because the front-line victims of uranium mining are so often indigenous peoples, the campaign will be largely driven by their spirited assistance. Last July a group of young activists from Africa, India, and Europe climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to deliver their message from Africa’s peak:

Leave uranium in the ground!

The Atomic Atlas will start out quite modestly, growing in keeping with the U-Ban campaign