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Promoting nuclear disarmament through the United Nations

UN Youth Day: Reach HIGH for a nuclear-weapon-free world

August 12 is the United Nations International Youth Day. The theme this year is Youth Building Peace. One important way youth can help build peace is to promote the global abolition of nuclear weapons. Leaders of nuclear-armed States – like President Donald Trump of USA, ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong-un of North Korea and President Vladimir…

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Action ideas for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days

August 6 (Hiroshima Day) and August 9 (Nagasaki Day) are global days of action for nuclear abolition. UNFOLD ZERO encourages you to take action on these days to: promote the new nuclear ban treaty if you are in a non-nuclear country; promote nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament measures if you are in a nuclear-armed or allied…

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Communities of faith and the new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons

On July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (‘ban treaty’) following negotiations over 5 weeks during March, June and July. 122 countries voted in favour of the treaty, demonstrating the clear and unequivocal acceptance of the majority of UN members never to use, threaten to use, produce,…

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Ban treaty opens the door to global nuclear divestment campaign

Image: Rob van Riet (World Future Council) presenting at a press conference at the United Nations on nuclear weapons divestment. On July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with 122 countries voting in favour. This demonstrates the clear and unequivocal acceptance of the majority of UN members…

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Challenging Nuclearism: The Nuclear Ban Treaty Assessed

by Professor Richard Falk* On 7 July 2017 122 countries at the UN voted to approve the text of a proposed international treaty entitled ‘Draft Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.’ The treaty is formally open for signature in September, but it only becomes a binding legal instrument according to its own provisions 90…

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Making use of the nuclear ban treaty

On July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons following negotiations over 5 weeks during March, June and July. 122 countries voted in favour of the treaty, demonstrating the clear and unequivocal acceptance of the majority of UN members never to use, threaten to use, produce, possess, acquire, transfer,…

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UNFOLD ZERO presents joint statement to UN High Rep for Disarmament

UNFOLD ZERO joined Mayors for Peace, Religions for Peace and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament in a meeting on Friday June 30 with Ms Izumi Nakamitsu, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. We commended Ms Nakamitsu on her appointment to this important position, and we discussed cooperation between her office (the UN…

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The nuclear ban is coming. Draft treaty released.

The United Nations negotiations for a legally binding agreement on the prohibition of nuclear weapons have moved into the next (and possibly penultimate) stage. On May 22, Ambassador Whyte Gómez (Costa Rica), the President of the UN negotiating conference, released a Draft of the ban treaty. As expected the draft treaty outlines general obligations that…

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