Promoting nuclear disarmament through the United Nations
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Chain Reaction 2016 begins with World Court case commemorative events

Chain Reaction 2016, a series of nuclear disarmament events around the world, kicked off on July 8 with events in Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the United States and other places. On this date in 1996, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed that the threat or use of nuclear weapons is generally illegal…

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Chain Reaction 2016 launched at Peoples’ Nuclear Abolition Tribunal

July 8, 2016 Chain Reaction 2016, a series of events and actions at nuclear-weapons and nuclear-disarmament related sites around the world, was launched today in Sydney during an International Peoples’ Tribunal on Nuclear Weapons and the Destruction of Human Civilisation. ‘A nuclear bomb destroys through an uncontrollable chain reaction of atoms being split in two,’…

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#LetsTalkNukes – UNFOLD ZERO at the OEWG

Civil society played a key role in the success of the UN deliberations on nuclear disarmament in Geneva from May 2-13. There is now strong momentum for the start in 2017 of multi-lateral negotiations for nuclear disarmament – something which has been blocked for nearly 20 years. UNFOLD ZERO representatives and partner organisations were active…

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OEWG – Momentum grows to outlaw nuclear weapons

The May 2-13 sessions of the United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG) ended today with indications that a group of non-nuclear countries is ready to start negotiations in 2017 on a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons. The proposal was put forward by a group of countries that…

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Nuclear disarmament deliberations in Geneva – the what, how and why!

Governments and NGOs met in Geneva this week for the first three days of the May sessions of the Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG). For two weeks, they are discussing the why, what and how to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world: Why – risks and humanitarian consequences of nuclear…

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UNFOLD ZERO congratulates UN Peace Poster winners

UNFOLD ZERO congratulates the winners of the United Nations Poster for Peace contest, announced on 19 April; First place: Ivan Ciro Palomino Huamani from Peru for Spinning Peace. Second-place: Michelle Li from the United States for Peace in Our Hands. Third place: Anjali Chandrashekar for Cutting Barriers through Peace. Honorable mentions:  Nadia Anthouli from Greece…

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Security and nuclear deterrence – talking past each other

In April 2009, President Obama speaking in the historic Hradcany Square in Prague, announced a vision and commitment to achieve ‘the peace and security of a nuclear-weapon-free world.’ Nearly seven years later and we appear no closer to achieving that goal. There remain over 15,000 nuclear weapons in the active stockpiles of the nuclear-armed States…

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UNFOLD ZERO at the UN nuclear disarmament working group

From Feb 22-25, governments and civil society met at the Palais des Nations (United Nations) in Geneva for the first sessions of the UN Open Ended Working Group on Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations. The deliberations, chaired by Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi of Thailand, opened up a refreshing and productive dialogue between non-nuclear countries and those under…

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