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Promoting nuclear disarmament through the United Nations

Human Security and the United Nations are vital to address the pandemic

The corona virus pandemic has highlighted how important the United Nations and a human security framework (versus a military security framework) are for humanity in this globalized world. Globalisation – especially international travel – has been a key factor in the spread of the virus. On the other hand, key elements of globalisation and especially…

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NPT likely to be postponed: civil society events turned into webinars

The 2020 Review Conference of States Parties to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) is likely to be postponed until 2021. This is one of a number of UN events having to be postponed or cancelled due to the corona virus situation. The NPT is a critical treaty where-by non-nuclear States agree not to acquire nuclear…

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UN Secretary-General urges global ceasefire to enable management of coronavirus pandemic

In an international appeal issued on Monday March 23, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to observe a ceasefire to assist the battle against  COVID-19, which he called ‘the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind.’ (Click here for his video message). The UN chief called on those in armed conflict to ‘pull back from hostilities, put aside mistrust and…

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UN Conference on establishing a Middle East WMD-Free Zone: Will it lead anywhere?

The Middle East is a region where nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs arise from, and contribute to, tensions, instability and  conflict. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was launched by the US and the UK with the stated purpose to ‘disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction’ (see ‘Operation Iraq Freedom’, statement by US President…

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Youth, climate and nuclear disarmament – new initiatives

Youth movements for climate action, peace and nuclear disarmament have sprung up in Europe and around the world in the past few years as young people have become concerned about existential threats to current and future generations, and increasingly frustrated at the insufficient action by governments to address these threats. In this article we highlight…

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Sep 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

In 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared September 26 to be the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day). The aims of the day are to enhance public awareness about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination. The UNGA resolution establishing…

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UN Secretary-General reminds world of priority for Disarmament

On May 24, the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres released a video message highlighting the importance of disarmament, in particular nuclear disarmament. ‘Today the global security environment is threatened from many sides‘ said Mr Guterres. ‘Regional nuclear challenges persist. And tensions between nuclear armed rivals have intensified.’ Countries…

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