Abolition 2000 – Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

Overwhelming Majority: Time to ban the bomb

oewg-620x350A 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.

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Time to implement UN Resolution 1 (1)

Opening session of the UN General Assembly, January 1946 in London

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.

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Pope Francis’s Condemnation of Nuclear Weapons

pope_at_UNThe 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.

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