The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution every year since 1996 calling for negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention (NWC) – a global treaty which would prohibit the threat or use of nuclear weapons and establish a phased program for their complete elimination under strict and effective international control.
Over 130 countries have supported the resolution including some of the nuclear-armed States – China, India, North Korea and Pakistan (Click here for voting result of the 2013 resolution). However, such negotiations have not been able to begin for two main reasons:
A number of recent initiatives have open the door to the commencement of negotiations (or at least pre-negotiations) on a NWC or package of agreements to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. These include:
Take action – Call on your governments to: