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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

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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

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What are you doing for Nuclear Abolition Day, September 26?

Tensions between North Korea and the US, and between Russia and the West, are increasing the risk of a nuclear catastrophe. September 26 is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day). It was established in 2013 by the United Nations General Assembly to encourage

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UN Youth Day: Reach HIGH for a nuclear-weapon-free world

August 12 is the United Nations International Youth Day. The theme this year is Youth Building Peace. One important way youth can help build peace is to promote the global abolition of nuclear weapons. Leaders of nuclear-armed States – like President Donald Trump of USA, ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong-un of

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Action ideas for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days

August 6 (Hiroshima Day) and August 9 (Nagasaki Day) are global days of action for nuclear abolition. UNFOLD ZERO encourages you to take action on these days to: promote the new nuclear ban treaty if you are in a non-nuclear country; promote nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament measures if you are

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Ban treaty opens the door to global nuclear divestment campaign

Image: Rob van Riet (World Future Council) presenting at a press conference at the United Nations on nuclear weapons divestment. On July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with 122 countries voting in favour. This demonstrates the clear and unequivocal acceptance of

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Challenging Nuclearism: The Nuclear Ban Treaty Assessed

by Professor Richard Falk* On 7 July 2017 122 countries at the UN voted to approve the text of a proposed international treaty entitled ‘Draft Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.’ The treaty is formally open for signature in September, but it only becomes a binding legal instrument according

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Making use of the nuclear ban treaty

On July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons following negotiations over 5 weeks during March, June and July. 122 countries voted in favour of the treaty, demonstrating the clear and unequivocal acceptance of the majority of UN members never to use, threaten to

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