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.
Historic negotiations to ban nuclear weapons starting in March
This spring at the UN in New York, states will start negotiations on a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons due to their catastrophic humanitarian consequences. These impacts render nuclear weapons fundamentally unacceptable and illegitimate in any hands – a fact... Read more
States vote to start nuclear ban negotiations in 2017, campaigners urge UK to join
On 27 October, states at the UN General Assembly voted in favour of a landmark resolution mandating negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons in 2017 (see commentary on the resolution and the vote here). The majority of the world’s states support... Read more
UN talks conclude: Overwhelming majority of states want nuclear ban negotiations in 2...
On 19 August, talks at the UN in Geneva to identify ways forward towards nuclear disarmament concluded, with resounding support amongst states and a clear adopted recommendation for starting work on a new treaty comprehensively banning nuclear weapons as soon... Read more