Finns deliver cranes to president

September 21, 2012

21 September 2012

On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, Finnish schoolchildren and representatives of peace organizations delivered 1,000 origami cranes made by Hiroshima students to the president of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, to seek his support for a nuclear weapons ban.

The children asked about nuclear weapons and peace issues. President Niinistö emphasized the importance of keeping peace issues in mind. The delegation included representatives from Physicians for Social Responsibility in Finland, the Peace Education Institute and the Peace Union of Finland. The children were from Eläintarha primary school.

This is part of a global ICAN initiative to send 1,000 paper cranes to the president or prime minister of every UN member state. In return, ICAN is asking for a message of support for a treaty to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons.

  • sheen

    «Si Gandhi y Martin Luther King hijo estuvieran vivos hoy, formarían parte de ICAN».

    Martin Sheen Actor y activista

  • bankimoon

    «Felicito a ICAN por trabajar con tanto compromiso y creatividad en pos de un mundo libre de armas nucleares».

    Ban Ki-moon Secretario General de la ONU

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • hansblix

    “I am proud to support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”

    Hans Blix Weapons inspector

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate