Nuclear Ban Treaty

01.03.2017

27th March: Talks to start on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons

27th March: Talks to start on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons

“The Conference, while welcoming achievements in bilateral and unilateral reductions by some nuclear-weapon States, notes with concern that the total estimated number of nuclear weapons deployed and stockpiled still amounts to several thousands. The Conference expresses its deep concern at the continued risk for humanity represented by the possibility that… »

24.12.2016

UN General Assembly approves historic nukes resolution

UN General Assembly approves historic nukes resolution

The United Nations General Assembly today approved a historic resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The vote follows a decision on 27 October by the General Assembly’s First Committee – which deals with disarmament and international security matters – to begin work… »

24.11.2016

Seeking Nuclear Disarmament in Dangerous Times

By Alice Slater for InDepthNews. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has championed efforts for nations to make good on their pledges to abolish nuclear weapons. In 2009 he published a five-point proposal for nuclear disarmament, urging nuclear weapons states in particular to fulfill their promises under the Non-Proliferation Treaty… »

07.11.2016

The United Nations votes to start negotiations to ban the bomb

The United Nations votes to start negotiations to ban the bomb

One hundred and twenty-three nations voted to move forward with negotiations to prohibit nuclear weapons—just as the world has already done for biological and chemical weapons. In a historic vote on October 27 at the United Nations… »

30.10.2016

Historic vote at the UN means nuclear weapons will be illegal in 2017

Historic vote at the UN means nuclear weapons will be illegal in 2017

Last week something historic happened at the United Nations. Despite enormous pressure from the United States, 123 nations, all with equal standing at the UN General Assembly, voted to start a process in 2017 to negotiate a ban on nuclear weapons.  Why isn’t this news circulating like wildfire?  Why… »

27.10.2016

UN votes to outlaw nuclear weapons in 2017

UN votes to outlaw nuclear weapons in 2017

The United Nations today adopted a landmark resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts. At a meeting of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with… »

27.10.2016

European Parliament votes in favour of a nuclear weapons ban

European Parliament votes in favour of a nuclear weapons ban

European Union’s legislature takes clear stance on upcoming negotiations on international treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons: the EU’s Member States should “support the convening” and “participate substantively” in its negotiation.  Today the European Parliament took a clear stance to support the negotiations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons. »

24.10.2016

The week the world agreed to make nuclear weapons illegal

The week the world agreed to make nuclear weapons illegal

It’s time This week, delegations to the UN General Assembly could help shift the course of history. This sounds dramatic, especially for First Committee. While it always presents a good opportunity for progress, First Committee can sometimes seem like a recycling facility for statements and resolutions. Some of the proposals… »

29.09.2016

Governments submit draft resolution to commence ban treaty negotiations

Governments submit draft resolution to commence ban treaty negotiations

A group of governments have submitted a draft UN General Assembly resolution to start negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The document was circulated on Wednesday by its lead sponsors Austria, Mexico, South Africa, Ireland, Brazil and Nigeria and follows on from the recommendation of a UN Working… »

22.09.2016

Austria announces UN resolution to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017

Austria announces UN resolution to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017

Austria’s foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Wednesday that his country would join other UN member states in tabling a resolution next month to convene negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017. Speaking in the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in New… »

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