A nuclear working group at the UN concluded its work in Geneva recently and the majority of governments voted to recommended that the UN General Assembly set up a conference in 2017 to negotiate a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.
Nuclear weapons are the only weapon of mass destruction that are not outlawed by international treaty. But that is about to change.
Opening session of the UN General Assembly, January 1946 in London
On January 24, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus its very first resolution, Resolution 1 (I): which established a commission of the UN Security Council to ensure the ‘elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.’
UNFOLD ZERO highlights the upcoming 70th anniversary of UNGA Res 1 (1) as a time to take action to implement the resolution.
The stirring condemnation of nuclear weapons by Pope Francis today at the United Nations and his call for their prohibition and complete elimination in compliance with promises made in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), signed by the US in 1970, 45 years ago, should give new momentum to the current campaign to start negotiations on a ban treaty.
The next annual meeting of the Abolition 2000 network will take place on Saturday 2 May 2015, 9am- 6pm at PACE University in New York City (One Pace Plaza, down the hill from NY City Hall on Spruce and Gold Street). It will follow the first week of the 2015 NPT Review Conference. You can register for the meeting here. To read more about previous meetings of the Network, see here. Can’t make it? Send a message instead.
9 December- The Austrian government has pledged to work with all interested stakeholders to “ to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons“. The government conference, following on ICAN’s incredible civil society forum, resulted in both a Chair’s summary document and the Austrian Pledge. (more…)
UNFOLD ZERO thanks everyone who took action on September 26 to commemorate the first International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The variety and scope of actions around the world was inspiring. Here we report on a few of them. And we give a short update on what’s happening on nuclear abolition at the United Nations.