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. Read 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.
Public Forum: The Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Zero Lawsuits, followed by the Sean MacBride Prize Ceremony
The Marshall Islands have suffered from the catastrophic health and environmental consequences of nuclear tests. Now they are turning this sad experience into a brave action against nuclear weapons themselves. On April 24th, 2014, the Marshall Islands filed landmark cases in the International Court of Justice against the nine nuclear-armed States, and in a U.S. Federal District Court against the United States. The Marshall Islands claims that the nuclear-armed nations have failed to comply with their legal obligations to negotiate in good faith for the global elimination of nuclear weapons. Read more »