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An introduction to our aims and objectives and guide to our Steering Committee members.

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 160 organisations 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 providing core and project funding between 2009-14.

Formed in 2003 in Berlaar Belgium, ICBUW is based in Berlin. The position of Chair is rotated among its members. The ICBUW office is housed by IALANA. In 2015, ICBUW was granted special consultative status by ECOSOC.


Steering Committee

David Cullen - former ICBUW researcher
David Cullen worked as ICBUW's researcher for several years following a post with the UK Campaign Against Depleted Uranium that was supported by Quaker Peace and Social Witness. He currently works for the Nuclear Information Service.

Stefania Divertito - Italian Activist-Journalist
Stefania Divertito works as an investigative reporter and editor for Metro Italy, a daily freesheet in Rome. She has been investigating depleted uranium since 2000 and won a national award in 2004 for her work reporting on the subject. In 2005, Stefania wrote Uranio il nemico invisibile (Depleted uranium, invisible enemy), a book about DU.

Dr Katsumi Furitsu - Science Team
Dr Furitsu is a specialist in radiation biology and medical genetics. Based in Osaka, Japan, she has experience in treating Atomic bomb survivors and regularly visits Belarus to support Chernobyl victims.

John LaForge - Nukewatch US
John LaForge, 59, has worked on the staff of Nukewatch, a nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group in Wisconsin, since 1992 and edits its Quarterly newsletter. He is a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Peacevoice and the Duluth, MN Reader Weekly. He has testified before British and Dutch parliamentarians on the outlaw status of depleted uranium weapons, and his analysis of the legal status of DU munitions was published in The Trojan Horses of Nuclear War: Proceedings of the World Uranium Weapons Conference (Hamburg, 2003). He’s been a member of Plowshares Land Trust near Luck, Wisconsin for 26 years and has served over four years in jail and prison for nonviolent actions against the war system. 

Prof. Manfred Mohr - Legal Advisor
Prof Mohr is a specialist in International Criminal, Humanitarian and Disarmament Law and currently serves as the Officer for EU affairs with the German Red Cross. He has more than 30 years legal experience with the Hague Academy, OSCE and Council of Europe.

Haruko Moritaki - ICBUW Japan
Executive Director, NO DU Hiroshima Project/ ICBUW Hiroshima Office. Co-director, Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition. Evacuated to safety just before the bombing in Hiroshima, she grew up amidst A-bomb survivors and orphans and was deeply affected by them, especially by her father, Ichiro Moritaki, Prof. of philosophy at Hiroshima Univ., who was considered a father of the anti-nuclear movement. Visiting Iraq before and after the war to investigate the DU damage, she has been engaged widely in educational activities for the abolition of DU weapons. Co-editor of Hiroshima Appeal for Banning DU Weapons (2003) and A World without Uranium Weapons (2008).

Prof. Kazashi Nobuo - ICBUW Japan
Director, NO DU Hiroshima Project/ICBUW Hiroshima Office. Prof. of philosophy at Kobe University, Ph.D. (Yale Univ.), visiting scholar at Harvard Univ., 2007-08 and a founding member of ICBUW. Participated in a delegation to Iraq in December 2002. Involved in producing and editing DU-related publications and documentaries such as Children of the Gulf War, by T.Morizumi (2002), Hiroshima Appeal for Banning DU Weapons (Japanese and English; 2003), a DVD documentary, Unknown Terror of DU: Iraqi Children Now by N.Toyoda and H.Shimizu (Japanese and English; 2005), and A World without Uranium Weapons: ICBUW Challenge (Japanese; 2008), which won an award from Peace Co-operative Journalist Foundation.

Rae Street - Campaign Against Depleted Uranium
Rae has been involved in anti-nuclear, anti-militarism and peace campaigning for more than three decades and is a long time activist in the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. In 1999, she was a founder member of the Campaign Against Depleted Uranium in the UK, established a national office in Manchester, UK, and has been Coordinator ever since.

Ria Verjauw - Belgian Coalition Stop Uranium Weapons
Ria was a co-founder of the Belgian and International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons. She has worked as an activist on human rights, peace and environmental issues for more than 15 years. Ria is mainly engaged in national and international lobbying activities such as conferences and exhibitions.

Wim Zwijnenburg - PAX
Wim works on PAX's Security & Disarmament desk and represents them on ICBUW's Steering Committee. Based in the Netherlands, PAX carries out research on disarmament practices in various countries and supports national and international civil society measures that encourage governments to comply with disarmament treaties.