Promoting nuclear disarmament through the United Nations

Astana Declaration – From a Radioactive Haze to a Nuclear-Weapon Free World

[Photo: Astana Conference Building a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World at which the Astana Vision Declaration was adopted]. On 29 August 2016, political and military leaders, legislators, religious leaders, representatives of international organisations, academics, scientists, medical professionals, lawyers, youth, and other representatives of civil society from around the world met in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan to commemorate…

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UN Secretary-General’s message for September 26, 2016

UN Secretary-General’s message for the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 26, 2016 Nuclear disarmament is one of the founding principles of the United Nations. It was the objective of the first General Assembly resolution. Disarmament is in our DNA. I have been proud to advance the goal of a world…

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UN High Rep connects peace day and SDGs with nuclear abolition

Peace and sustainable development require action on disarmament – especially nuclear disarmament – remarked Mr. Kim Won-soo, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, at a special UN event yesterday commemorating the International Day for Peace. The event, which was organised by the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to…

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What are you doing for September 26?

September 26 is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The day provides an opportunity to educate the public, and national leaders, about the benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them. Please inform us of your action or event. We will post these on the…

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Profile of a successful Diplomat

Jayantha Dhanapala, a keynote speaker at the international conference Building a Nuclear Weapon Free World, is one of the most successful diplomats in the nuclear disarmament field. Fiachra O Raghallaigh, Researcher for the World Future Council, reflects on some of his successes. Have you ever asked yourself how world leaders, with their multitude of foreign…

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From the OEWG to Astana: Building a nuclear-weapon-free world

Last Friday (August 19) in Geneva, after 15 days of deliberations over 3 months, the UN Open Ended Working group on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) adopted a report with three recommendations that will be forwarded to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for action. (See: Advance copy of the OEWG report as orally ammended and adopted…

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August 29: Moment of Silence to Honor All Victims of Nuclear Tests

August 29 is the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. It is also the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site in Kazakhstan. The ATOM Project has initiated a global moment of silence on that day to honor all victims of nuclear weapons testing. Kazakhstan suffered more than 450 Soviet nuclear weapons…

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UN body considers draft nuclear disarmament report – BPO makes novel proposal

As nuclear abolition campaigners around the world were gearing up for annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day commemorations, governments and a few civil society representatives gathered at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to discuss the draft report of the UN open-ended working group (OEWG) to take forward nuclear disarmament negotiations. The OEWG will meet for…

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Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day appeal to UN – ban nuclear weapons

Thousands of representatives of civil society from around the world, meeting in Hiroshima this week for the World Conference on Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, have appealed to the United Nations to commence multilateral negotiations for the complete prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. The Conference, organised by Gensuikyo and occurring in conjunction with the 71st…

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