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UNFOLD ZERO/PNND event in New York as ban treaty negotiations commence

UNFOLD ZERO and PNND held the fourth in a series of Consultations on nuclear disarmament negotiations and parliamentary action in New York on Feb 15, the day before the United Nations commenced negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons (‘ban treaty’). The consultation included diplomats, lawyers and representatives of disarmament NGOs, parliamentary…

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UNFOLD ZERO meets in DC as Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight

The world is 30 seconds closer to nuclear annihilation, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists who today moved the hands of the ‘Doomsday Clock’ to 2.5 minutes to midnight. Speaking at a press conference in Washington DC, Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist who chairs the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Board of Sponsors, noted that…

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Nuclear Missile spotted in Geneva at Place des Nations!

On January 23, UNFOLD ZERO, Basel Peace Office, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and the World Future Council braved the cold to hold a 3D art event in the the Place des Nations in front of the UN in Geneva. The event attracted both tourists and locals who passed by the famous landmark…

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UN Secretary-General commits to nuclear abolition

On Monday January 23, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced his commitment to the abolition of nuclear weapons. Speaking by video message to the opening of the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva, Mr Guterres said: “As Secretary-General, I am firmly resolved to actively pursue the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction…

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Time to implement UN Resolution 1 (1)

On January 24, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus its very first resolution Resolution 1 (I), which established a commission of the UN Security Council to ensure ‘the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.’ UNFOLD ZERO highlights the 71st anniversary of UNGA…

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UN to hold High Level Conference on nuclear disarmament

On December 3, 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted ground-breaking Resolution 71/71, supported by over 140 countries, calling for the start of negotiations on an international treaty to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons, and affirming its decision to hold a High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament no later than 2018 to review progress. The UN…

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) holds a joint news conference with UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (not pictured) in Montreux January 22, 2014.  Syria's government and its enemies come face to face on Wednesday for the first time as world powers try to set aside their own differences and push for an end to three years of civil war that is unsettling the entire Middle East.     REUTERS/Gary Cameron  (SWITZERLAND - Tags: POLITICS)

UN Secretary-General’s parting plea for common security and nuclear abolition

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week called on governments and civil society to better utilize the UN system in order to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to facilitate arms control and disarmament. ‘The world is over-armed and peace is underfunded,’ said Mr Ban speaking at New York University for what is likely to be his final…

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Chain Reaction 2016: Students take action throughout Kazakhstan

On August 29, 1949 the Soviet Union detonated its first nuclear weapons test, code-named First Lightning in the eastern region of Kazakhstan. The nuclear chain reaction deposited radioactive fallout throughout the region. Over the next 40 years, the Soviet Union detonated another 455 nuclear weapons in Kazakhstan – causing horrific health effects amongst over 2…

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UN agrees to nuclear prohibition negotiations

On October 27, the Disarmament and International Security Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a ground-breaking resolution Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations. The resolution establishes a UN conference in 2017 ‘to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.’ This decision initiates the first multilateral…

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Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action Takes on Chain Reaction 2016

Those involved in Chain Reaction 2016 will have no trouble agreeing that its campaigning time has passed in the twinkling of an eye, most certainly shaking up an incredible number of cities with creative nonviolent events and actions to protest nuclear weapons activities and to celebrate nuclear disarmament initiatives. Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action…

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