Banning nuclear weapons
Despite the growing recognition of the risk and consequences of the use of nuclear weapons, nuclear-armed states and those in military alliances with them continue to rely upon and invest in nuclear weapons. However, the renewed focus on the humantiarian consequences of nuclear weapons has opened space for consideration of the most appropriate political and legal responses to the existence of nuclear weapons.
WILPF, as a steering group member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), believes that the most effective measure for nuclear disarmament in the current context is the negotiation of a legally-binding treaty banning nuclear weapons. A new legal instrument prohibiting these weapons could help facilitate their elimination. It would have a significant impact in both normative as well as well practical terms.
In 2016, the UN General Assembly decided by overwhelming majority to negotiate a treaty banning nuclelar weapons. The negotiations are set for 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July 2017. We will monitor this process and help facilitate civil society involvement. In the meantime, please check out Reaching Critical Will's publications on banning nuclear weapons, and join ICAN!
This paper, published jointly by Reaching Critical Will and Article 36, looks at possible principles and provisions of a treaty banning nuclear weapons; how it could be accomplished; and its potential normative and practical impacts.
This table overleaf from Reaching Critical Will and Article 36 summaries the gaps in existing treaty law related to nuclear weapons that could be filled by a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
This paper explores the effective measures for nuclear disarmament presented by the New Agenda Coalition in its 2014 NPT working paper and argues that in the current context the most effective and achievable measure for nuclear disarmament is a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
This paper examines the complimentarity between the NPT and a ban on nuclear weapons. It argues that rather than constituting a challenge to the NPT, a process to ban nuclear weapons that arises from the discussion around the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons has the potential to prevent the NPT’s collapse.
This publication examines the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and is aimed for civil society actors, academics, and governments that are interested in approaching weapons negotiations with a humanitarian lens.