Nuclear Weapons Are Now Banned: Meet One of the Doctors Who Helped Make it Happen


Released January 22, 2021

The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons comes into effect on January 22, 2021. We speak with Dr Ruth Mitchell who was a recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize for her work on this campaign. Dr Mitchell is a neurosurgeon and co-chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Australia.

A lot of people coming from an Australian context say, ‘that seems like a very worthy cause, but what’s it got to do with Australia?’ I think it’s critical that we understand the legacy of British nuclear testing on unceded sovereign Aborginal land. 

Dr Ruth Mitchell