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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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Religious leaders and legislators present joint call to new UN disarmament body

Leaders of the major religious faiths and interfaith networks, joined forces with parliamentarians and mayors from around the world to call for nuclear abolition and to support the work of the UN Open Ended Working Group on Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG), a new UN disarmament body that started its work in Geneva this week.…

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Kofi Annan opens the OEWG – delegations express cautious optimism

Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, kicked off the UN Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG) yesterday (Monday Feb 22) with a speech of encouragement and optimism. He lamented that nations, until now, have not focused sufficiently on nuclear disarmament. Annan recalled his landmark speech to Princeton…

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UNFOLD ZERO welcomes OEWG delegates with origami cranes

As government and civil society delegations rolled into Conference Room XIX of the Palais de Nations (Geneva) today for the first session of the UN Open Ended Working Group, they were welcomed with gifts of origami cranes from UNFOLD ZERO. The OEWG was established by the United Nations General Assembly to take forward nuclear disarmament…

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Nuclear disarmament – can the United Nations deliver?

The very first resolution of the United Nations, adopted by consensus in 1946, established a commission whose task was to make recommendations on the elimination at atomic weapons from national arsenals. 70 years later the world appears no closer to achieving this aspiration. Does this indicate a failure of the United Nations? Or an acceptance…

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Thailand to lead new UN nuclear disarmament process

85 governments met at the Palais des Nations (United Nations) in Geneva on January 28 in the first informal session of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) – a new UN process established to undertake substantive work on the legal measures and norms required to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world. The OEWG, which was established by…

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UN Open Ended Working Group – win a trip to Geneva!

Send us your idea for an action to support the new UN nuclear disarmament process and win a trip to Geneva to participate in the official deliberations! Nuclear disarmament talks have been blocked for decades. But now there is an opening that could make a difference! The United Nations has decided to re-establish an Open…

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Coming on January 28 – the first session of UN Open Ended Working Group

On January 28, the United Nations will hold the first session of its newly established Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on nuclear disarmament. The OEWG, which will meet in Geneva, is open to all UN member States as well as representatives from international organisations and civil society (Click here for a copy of the invitation…

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