Introduction – nuclear weaponsNuclear weapons are massive explosive weapons that release their energy and destructive force through nuclear reactions - either fission or a combination of fission and fusion. A single nuclear weapon can devastate an entire city with blast, fire and radiation, making the weapon inherently indiscriminate and unacceptable.
First week of nuclear ban negotiations over, with humanitarian impact at core of work
At the UN in New York this week, the majority of the world’s countries joined together to start negotiating a categorical prohibition of nuclear weapons. One hundred and thirty-two countries participated in the negotiations during this first week, with the... Read more
Core prohibitions and obligations for the nuclear ban treaty: statement by Article 36
United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination Statement for Topic 2. Core prohibitions: effective legal measures, legal provisions and norms Wednesday 29 March 2017 Delivered by Elizabeth Minor, Article... Read more
States begin historic negotiations to ban nuclear weapons, whilst US protests outside
Today at the United Nations in New York, negotiations commenced on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons due to their catastrophic humanitarian consequences. Mr Toshiki Fujimori, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, contributed testimony about his experiences to the opening of... Read more