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Promoting nuclear disarmament through the United Nations

Women legislators promote UN Secretary-General’s new disarmament initiative

Governments must make better use of diplomacy, international law and common security mechanisms in order to prevent war and adequately address climate change and nuclear threats, according an international appeal by women parliamentarians from around the world. The appeal, Common security for a sustainable and nuclear-weapon-free world, was released to commemorate Women’s International Day for…

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UN Secretary-General announces new initiative for global nuclear disarmament

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressing the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva yesterday (Feb 26), announced a new United Nations initiative for nuclear disarmament, that would integrate the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world into other key UN processes on conventional disarmament, peace-making and sustainable development. ‘Countries persist in the mistaken idea that nuclear weapons make…

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UK House of Lords: From the Doomsday Clock to the UN High-Level Conference

What is your parliament doing to promote the UN High-Level Conference? On January 25, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock to 2 minutes to Midnight due to the increased risks from nuclear weapons conflicts and from climate change. Parliaments and parliamentarians around the world are responding to the growing…

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UN Security Council special session on weapons of mass destruction: Jan 18, 2018

The United Nations Security Council will hold a special thematic debate on January 18 on the topic of ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction and Confidence Building Measures‘. The debate will be chaired by Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev, and will have a strong focus on diplomacy and trust-building as important elements to prevent proliferation of WMD and to…

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Time to implement UN Resolution 1 (1)

On January 24, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 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 72nd anniversary of…

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Call on your country to support the nuclear disarmament ‘summit’

The Non-Aligned Movement, representing 120 countries, submitted a  draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly late last week laying out the general mandate and dates for a special United Nations process to advance comprehensive nuclear disarmament – a United Nations High-Level Conference for Nuclear Disarmament. The conference, which is like a summit, will take…

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Reaching HIGH civil society ‘virtual’ conference

Governments have gathered at the United Nations in New York this month (October) to discuss and adopt nuclear disarmament proposals, including a draft resolution to set the dates and mandate for the first ever UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament (UNHLC), scheduled for 2018. A coalition of international civil society organisations and networks used…

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Nuclear Perils and Opportunities

Civil Society Statement to the UN General Assembly First Committee, 10 October 2017 Delivered by John Burroughs Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy Click here  for PDF version The present confrontation between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is extraordinarily perilous. It is profoundly disturbing that in the General Assembly…

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