Civil Society and Disarmament 2013

NGO Presentations to the Open-Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations

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This publication contains the statements by representatives of non-governmental organizations that were delivered from 14 to 23 May 2013 during the informal thematic discussions at the meeting, held in Geneva, of the Open-ended Working Group to develop proposals to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons.




It is a widely shared view that since the end of the Cold War, nuclear disarmament efforts in the Disarmament Commission, the First Committee of the General Assembly and, most tellingly in the Conference on Disarmament, have been a huge disappointment. The problem, says the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, “is not just that disarmament has not occurred,” but that “we are witnessing instead various forms of nuclear re-armament” evidenced by the “long-term modernization plans now under way to improve nuclear weapons, their delivery systems and the nuclear weapons production infrastructures”. This, she suggests, is “predicated on the ostensible value of nuclear weapons as instruments of deterrence and the ‘ultimate guarantee’ of security”. Such postures not only undermine disarmament efforts but also foster proliferation as increasing numbers of countries seek their own nuclear deterrent as a guarantee of national security. The race to secure such guarantees, however, only increases the likelihood of using of nuclear weapons and of suffering the disastrous consequences of such use.


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