Open-ended working group on nuclear disarmament wraps up work of its first session
The first session of the open-ended working group (OEWG) on nuclear disarmament concluded on Friday, 26 February 2016. The purpose of this body is to “substantively address” and make recommendations to the UN General Assembly about “concrete effective legal measures, legal provisions and norms” to achieve and maintain a nuclear weapon free world. The prohibition of nuclear weapons was the dominant proposal during discussions and more concrete discussions will be necessary at the second session in May. It will be a good opportunity for states and others to submit elements of a nuclar weapon ban treaty for consideration.