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.
The road to nuclear disarmament
Reposted from the Basel Peace Office – see International lawyers group outlines the road to nuclear disarmament
With the 2015 NPT Review Conference just two months away, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) has released a paper calling for cooperation amongst civil society on a realistic strategy to abolish nuclear weapons.
by Alice Slater
The ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna included Karipek Kuyukov, a second generation victim of Soviet nuclear tests. Karipbek is the ambassador for the ATOM Project
Global Momentum is building for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons! While the world has banned chemical and biological weapons, there is no explicit legal prohibition of nuclear weapons, although the International Court of Justice ruled unanimously that there is an obligation to bring to a conclusion negotiations for their total elimination. The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), negotiated in 1970 required the five existing nuclear weapons states, the US, Russia, UK, France and China (P-5) to make “good faith efforts” to eliminate their nuclear weapons, while the rest of the world promised not to acquire them (except for India, Pakistan, Israel, who never signed the NPT). North Korea relied on the NPT Faustian bargain for “peaceful” nuclear power to build its own bomb, and then walked out of the treaty. (more…)
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…)
Global coalition follows-up Vienna conference with mobilisation to achieve a nuclear abolition agreement at the 2015 NPT Review Conference.
The Third International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons brought over 150 countries and 500 NGO representatives to Vienna last week to assess the risks and potential damage to human health and the environment by any nuclear weapons use. The conference, which for the first time included the United States and the United Kingdom, elevated the political imperative to abolish nuclear weapons and indicated that a legally binding agreement or agreements would be required to establish a nuclear-weapon-free world. The two-day conference did not intend or attempt to reach any decisions on the nature or negotiating forum for such agreements, but passed this task, primarily, to the Five-yearly NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Review Conference which will be held over four weeks from 27 April – 22 May 2015. (more…)
Anti-nuclear march organised by Gensuikyo for their 2010 conference
Representatives of the Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo) meet with the Foreign Ministry of the Japanese government on October 9, to call on Japan to initiate nuclear disarmament negotiations in 2015, the 70th anniversary of A-bombing.
Gensuikyo, which was founded in 1955, presents a powerful voice of Japanese public. The have collected over 30 million signatures from Japanese citizens demanding the abolition of nuclear weapons (See Gensuikyo signature campaign). Gensuikyo has also been instrumental in supporting Hibakusha (A-Bomb sufferers). They have helped hibakusha get their message to the world about the uniquely destructive and inhumane impact of nuclear weapons, and the imperative that there should never again be the use of nuclear weapons as there was against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (more…)