Nuclear Ban Treaty

21.08.2016

UN talks recommend the General Assembly ban nuclear weapons in 2017

UN talks recommend the General Assembly ban nuclear weapons in 2017

The final day of the open-ended working on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) was a picture of diplomatic theatre. At the last moment the Australian delegation tried to upset the process by demanding a vote on what all other delegations believed was an agreed text. This did not prevent the… »

21.08.2016

Majority of UN members declare intention to negotiate ban on nuclear weapons in 2017

Majority of UN members declare intention to negotiate ban on nuclear weapons in 2017

United Nations disarmament talks concluded in Geneva on Friday 19th of August with the overwhelming majority of nations signalling their intention to launch negotiations in 2017 for a global ban on nuclear weapons. One hundred and seven nations in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, together… »

28.07.2016

“We cannot let compromise, or cosmetic, nuclear solutions crafted in or for the US distract the world community”

“We cannot let compromise, or cosmetic, nuclear solutions crafted in or for the US distract the world community”

By Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group. On the eve of the August meeting of the 2016 Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) in Geneva.  We very much hope that the siren songs advocating meaningless “alternatives” to banning nuclear weapons are not too distracting to delegates and NGOs… »

15.05.2016

Divergence and consensus in UN diplomacy

Divergence and consensus in UN diplomacy

Understanding the code words of diplomacy. Those of you who attempted to follow the discussion in real-time over the last two weeks at the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) at the United Nations in Geneva may have been non-plussed at the language in the speeches, especially if you were… »

14.05.2016

Reflections on progress at the end of UN nuclear talks in Geneva

Reflections on progress at the end of UN nuclear talks in Geneva

Our friends at wildfire>_, always a source of frank opinions and witty commentary, besides their brutal analysis of hypocritical statements, made this final statement to the Open Ended Working Group May session.  We reproduce it here for the benefit of our readers. As we reach… »

14.05.2016

UN nuclear talks: May session ends with huge support for ban

UN nuclear talks: May session ends with huge support for ban

The new UN working group on nuclear disarmament, the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), completed its second and most substantive session in Geneva today. 100 governments participated over the course of two weeks at the United Nations and many more contributed their support through a joint working paper from the… »

14.05.2016

ICAN protests outside missions of governments reluctant to support ban

ICAN protests outside missions of governments reluctant to support ban

At the May session of the UN working group in Geneva, a small number of nations extolled the supposed “security value” of nuclear weapons and spoke out against a ban. ICAN protested at the diplomatic missions of some of these nations on 12 May. Five campaigners wore nuclear bomb outfits… »

12.05.2016

UN nuclear talks: A history of (massive nuclear) violence

UN nuclear talks: A history of (massive nuclear) violence

Addressing the open-ended working group (OEWG) on nuclear disarmament, Dr. Nick Ritchie of the University of York thoughtfully and systematically dismantled any supposed justification for the retention of nuclear weapons. In so doing, he also providing a searing critique of the step-by-step approach to nuclear disarmament. His arguments… »

11.05.2016

Obama to visit Hiroshima: an empty gesture by an immoral president

Obama to visit Hiroshima: an empty gesture by an immoral president

The US president’s press secretary today confirmed what many observers had been speculating for several weeks now, that Barack Obama will be the first serving US president to visit the site of one of the nastiest scars on humanity’s conscience: Hiroshima, the first city to experience the force of a… »

10.05.2016

UN nuclear talks: Green eggs and ban

The second week of the open-ended working group on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) is illuminating a clear delineation between those who want to abolish nuclear weapons and those who don’t. Mexico’s Ambassador Lomonaco challenged Japan and other nuclear-supportive states over their commitment to change, asking whether their so-called progressive approach… »

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