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Promoting nuclear disarmament through the United Nations
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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Chain Reaction stops nuclear missile launch in Berlin!

Chain Reaction activists in Berlin today ‘locked up’ a nuclear missile about to be fired in the Platz der Republik, Berlin front of the German Parliament. The 3DnukeBerlin street art emulated an actual nuclear missile in a missile silo. Peace campaigners from around the world today and members of the public held chains wrapped around…

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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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