INTERNATIONAL COALITION TO BAN URANIUM WEAPONS
The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) campaigns for a ban on the use of uranium in all conventional weapons and weapon systems and for monitoring, health care, compensation and environmental remediation for communities affected by their use. ICBUW represents more than 120 NGOs worldwide and seeks to do for uranium weapons what the International Coalition to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition did for those types of weapons, in essence to develop a uranium weapons treaty that would prohibit the use of uranium in all conventional, i.e. non-nuclear, weapons.
The main focus of ICBUW has been to inform and advise policy makers and governments on the threat to human health and the environment of uranium weapons. In the past this has taken the form of international conferences and seminars, and workshops for politicians and diplomatic staff at the United Nations, European Parliament and national parliaments. ICBUW also produces and disseminates information, offers advice to its member groups and encourages domestic and regional coalition building and skills sharing. ICBUW is grateful to the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation for supporting its educational outreach work and to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its sponsorship of three ICBUW research projects.
Formed in 2003 in Berlaar Belgium, ICBUW is based in Manchester UK and has two full time members of staff working on behalf of its members and 13-strong Steering Committee. The position of Chair is rotated among its members. The ICBUW office is housed by the UK Campaign Against Depleted Uranium.