In 2013, the United Nations opened the door to a nuclear weapons free world through the Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations. Now we have the chance to keep the door open.
Until June 1, 2014, states can submit their views to the UN Secretary General on the OEWG. Encourage your country to call for the renewal of sessions and a strengthened mandate for the OEWG). It’s time to move from rhetoric to action for nuclear abolition.
The process of the OEWG was a breath of fresh air compared to other official forums. Governments discussed issues in a non-confrontational, exploratory way. Civil society were able to participate fully in the deliberations.
- Support the resumption of sessions of the OEWG in 2015
- Suggest specific work for the OEWG, in particular to,
- examine current security roles provided by nuclear weapons and how these roles could be fulfilled by non-nuclear means;
- explore further the framework for establishing and maintaining a nuclear-weapons-free world, paying attention to the elements outlined in the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention, the building blocks approach and the proposal for a framework agreement;
Take action – Parliamentarians and civil society:
- Call on your government to submit their views on nuclear disarmament negotiations to the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs by June 1, 2014;
- Call on your government to support the resumption of sessions of the OEWG in 2015.
- OEWG website
- OEWG report
- UN OEWG adopts report on advancing nuclear disarmament negotiations
- OSCE Parliamentary Assembly supports the OEWG
- Inter Parliamentary Union resolution supporting the OEWG
- Letter from the UN inviting governments to submit their views
- Sample letter to your government