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SUMMARY OF VOTING RESULT States that voted yes Of the 123 sates that voted yes to resolution L.41, 44 were from Africa, 29 from Latin America & the Caribbean, 12 from Western Asia, 11 from Southeast Asia, 11 from the Pacific, six from Western Europe, five from South Asia, and two from Central Asia. Non-voting… Continue reading Breakdown of L.41 Voting Result
A group of governments have submitted a draft UN General Assembly resolution to start negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The document was circulated on Wednesday by its lead sponsors Austria, Mexico, South Africa, Ireland, Brazil and Nigeria and follows on from the recommendation of a UN Working Group, at which the overwhelming majority… Continue reading Governments submit draft resolution to commence ban treaty negotiations
In a dramatic final day, the groundbreaking UN talks on nuclear disarmament concluded by making a clear recommendation to start negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Known as the “Open-Ended Working Group” (OEWG), the talks have taken place in February, May and August of this year and have outlined a number of elements that… Continue reading UN talks recommend negotiations of nuclear weapons ban treaty
United Nations nuclear disarmament talks have reconvened in Geneva for the third and final time. At this final session the group, known as the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), is tasked with producing a final report which will contain a summary of the discussions that have taken place in February and May of this year and… Continue reading OEWG reconvenes in Geneva: What’s at stake?
In June Setsuko Thurlow was awarded the Arms Control Person of the Year Award and a group of us travelled to Washington DC to celebrate with her. During this time she met with Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama’s speech writer, who accompanied him to Hiroshima this past Spring. Setsuko and Ben had a friendly exchange… Continue reading To Barack Obama from Setsuko Thurlow
ICAN statement to OEWG, 5 Aug 2016 The catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the risks they pose to all our nations demand an urgent response. The evidence presented to the Open Ended Working Group has demonstrated this once again, and it has been an important process for states to discuss how the international… Continue reading ICAN Statement at Final OEWG Session
In April, the Swedish Physicians Against Nuclear Weapons carried out an opinion poll in Sweden on whether the Swedish government should work towards a ban on nuclear weapons. The result showed that 8 out of 10 agree that Sweden should actively pursue a treaty banning nuclear weapons. “When the rhetoric of nuclear-armed states gets more… Continue reading 8 out of 10 Swedes want the government to pursue a ban on nuclear weapons
PAX is a proud member of ICAN and adapts nuclear disarmament campaigns to the Dutch and international context. PAXinforms, mobilizes and speaks out for nuclear disarmament and produces the annual Don’t Bank on the Bomb global study on investments in nuclear weapons producers. This year our Dutch campaigners have been celebrating various national successes: As a result of… Continue reading PAX on nuclear weapons
As US President Barack Obama prepares for a historic visit to Hiroshima, the place where one nuclear detonation caused over 140,000 casualties, the United States is embarking on a massive nuclear weapons modernization programme of 1 trillion USD – ensuring that the US will be nuclear-armed for decades to come. The Obama administration is reportedly… Continue reading Obama visits Hiroshima while modernizing US nuclear arsenals