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Promoting nuclear disarmament through the United Nations

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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UNFOLD ZERO: Ban treaty should prohibit nuclear weapons financing!

Nuclear-armed states currently spend US$100 billion collectively on nuclear weapons programs every year. The corporations manufacturing the weapons and their delivery systems are a major driver of the nuclear arms race. They actively lobby their parliaments and governments to continue allocating the funds to nuclear weapons. And they support think tanks and other public initiatives…

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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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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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