Civil Society and Disarmament 2016

Civil Society Engagement in Disarmament Processes - The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Ban

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The nascent movement to enact a nuclear ban treaty has reframed the problem of nuclear weapons from defense strategies to the issues of humanitarian and environmental consequences. This volume of Civil Society Engagement in Disarmament Processes presents a case for the nuclear ban treaty as a vital first step in nuclear weapons’ ultimate abolition.



Revolt and resistance

On 27 October 2016, the United Nations made a dramatic stand against the violent posturing of its most militarily powerful members when 123 states in the First Committee of the General Assembly voted to ban nuclear weapons. The adoption of a draft resolution known as L.41, which establishes a conference in 2017 to negotiate a legally binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, represents a meaningful advancement towards their elimination. It also represents a revolt of the vast majority of States against the violence, intimidation and injustice perpetuated by those supporting these weapons of mass destruction.


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