Promoting nuclear disarmament through the United Nations

UN Conference on establishing a Middle East WMD-Free Zone: Will it lead anywhere?

The Middle East is a region where nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs arise from, and contribute to, tensions, instability and  conflict. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was launched by the US and the UK with the stated purpose to ‘disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction’ (see ‘Operation Iraq Freedom’, statement by US President…

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Youth, climate and nuclear disarmament – new initiatives

Youth movements for climate action, peace and nuclear disarmament have sprung up in Europe and around the world in the past few years as young people have become concerned about existential threats to current and future generations, and increasingly frustrated at the insufficient action by governments to address these threats. In this article we highlight…

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Sep 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

In 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared September 26 to be the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day). The aims of the day are to enhance public awareness about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination. The UNGA resolution establishing…

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UN Secretary-General reminds world of priority for Disarmament

On May 24, the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres released a video message highlighting the importance of disarmament, in particular nuclear disarmament. ‘Today the global security environment is threatened from many sides‘ said Mr Guterres. ‘Regional nuclear challenges persist. And tensions between nuclear armed rivals have intensified.’ Countries…

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French organizations commemorate UN Resolution 1 (1) rejecting nuclear weapons

[Photo: French nuclear test in Algeria] Seven major peace organisations in France released a joint statement yesterday commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the first resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, Resolution 1 (1) adopted on January 24, 1946, and calling on the leaders of France and other nuclear armed States to ‘put an end…

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Can the UN Command and Security Council play roles for peace in Korea?

Photo: Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre, deputy commander of the United Nations Command, speaks during a ceremony on July 27, 2018, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice agreement at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas. (Jung Yeon-je /Pool Photo via AP) On November…

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