Welcome to the new website of the The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy.

We are a non-profit organisation and our work focuses primarily on Security, Disarmament, Women and Peace-building issues. Our purpose is to draw attention to the interconnected human and environmental challenges that have become most urgent for humanity's survival.

Acronym was founded in 1996, and one of our current priorities, as a founding member of the Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), is bringing renewed awareness about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. Connecting with states and civil society who want to reduce these nuclear threats, we are prioritising getting a legally binding, international treaty to prohibit the use, deployment, proliferation and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and require their total elimination. This treaty is long overdue.

We hope our new website encourages you to participate in making our world safer, fairer and better.

For those that want to check out our 20 years of research and publications on the UN and treaty developments, as well as our journal Disarmament Diplomacy (1996-2009) and related work, that's all archived here.

 

Why we do it?

 

Nuclear weapons have constant implications for our everyday lives in ways that we are often unaware of. In the UK and in other nuclear weapons dependent countries, we are constantly told that nuclear weapons keep us all safe. They are treated as a necessary - if undesirable - component of our national and international security. This is a false narrative.

Nuclear weapons do not keep us safe in an increasingly unstable world. Maintaining and renewing weapons that have indiscriminate and catastrophic consequences - humanitarian, economic, environmental - if they are used, either deliberately or by accident, is behaviour that does not recognise the realities of the world we live in now.

Today's security threats like climate change, the refugee crisis, terrorism and the dangers of nuclear weapons are all linked. We don't know what the rest of the 21st century is going to look like. The weather has become unpredictable and dangerous, global inequalities and insecurities have resulted in war and terrorism and as a result mass migrations are taking place across the world. We are not made safer by weapons that have the power to destroy us all. Why continue bringing the dangerous mistakes of the last century into this one? 

The International Committee for the Red Cross has stated that there is no contingency plan in place or humanitarian organisation with the effective resources or training to respond to a nuclear detonation. There have been multiple near miss scenarios since 1945

Nuclear weapons can be eliminated, there is growing international momentum towards a legally binding International Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Treaties exist for chemical and biological weapons, landmines and against nuclear testing (CTBT). Why are nuclear weapons still legal? Acronym works for real human security, to enhance people's safety here in Britain by promoting disarmament, and strengthening peace and security around the world.