On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nukes tell your government that it is time to begin negotiations for a ban on nuclear weapons.
September 26 marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, established by the General Assembly in 2013 ‘to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority’. However the current status of nuclear affairs does not seem to reflect the UN’s stated ‘commitment’.
While the nuclear-armed states are ramping up the modernizations of their nuclear arsenals at an alarming rate, the number of near-accidents and security failures at nuclear weapon facilities are on the rise and the investments on securing those facilities are failing to adequately address the security gaps.
More than 110 states committed to work to prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons by supporting the Humanitarian Pledge. With so many countries calling for a new legal instrument it is time to begin negotiations!
1. Select your country
- What is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)?
- ICAN is a global campaign coalition working to mobilize people in all countries to inspire, persuade and pressure their governments to initiate negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
Find the website here: www.icanw.org
- The ban treaty
- A treaty banning the use, possession, stockpiling and development of nuclear weapons could fill the legal gap. Declaring nuclear weapons illegal would remove the ambiguity currently surrounding their legal status. This would instigate new political debates in nuclear weapon states, and make it harder to justify reliance on nuclear deterrence as well as investments in the modernisation of nuclear arsenals. By complementing the non-proliferation norm contained therein, a ban would stregthen the NPT, and increase the likelihood of fundamental steps towards non-proliferation and disarmament - which have been blocked for decades.
- What is the Humanitarian Pledge?
- Driven by “the imperative of human security for all", Austria pledged at the Third International Conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons (HINW) from 8 - 9 December 2014 in Vienna, to work to "stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences and associated risks” and to “identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons”. States are invited to endorse this pledge and show their readiness to engage with all interested actors to move forward.
Find the Humanitarian Pledge here: www.bmeia.gv.at
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