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UN talks to ban nuclear weapons: what can they achieve?

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What should the nuclear ban treaty include – and what difference does it make, if nuclear-armed governments refuse to join the talks? by Rebecca Johnson via OpenDemocracy   Although most nuclear-armed governments have made a point of publicly endorsing the … Read More

Why the UK was wrong to back Trump’s envoy against UN nuclear disarmament talks

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Ignoring protests from the US, UK and some NATO countries, two-thirds of UN member states appear determined to conclude a nuclear ban treaty this year. by Rebecca Johnson via OpenDemocracy  Ground-breaking talks at the United Nations – negotiating a treaty … Read More

Negotiating a global nuclear ban treaty: nuclear-armed states vs the UN

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By Dr Rebecca Johnson via OpenDemocracy UN negotiations start today in New York on a global treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. Ignoring cross-party commitments to multilateral nuclear disarmament, Theresa May’s Government will be absent. Five months ago, on 27 October, … Read More

Historic UN vote to negotiate a Nuclear Ban Treaty in 2017

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On 27 October, the UN General Assembly’s Disarmament and Security Committee voted for negotiations in 2017 on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, with momentous consequences for Trident renewal. by Rebecca Johnson via OpenDemocracy   Over 71 years after atomic … Read More

European Parliament votes support of UN nuclear prohibition treaty

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The European Parliament of a Green/ALE initiated resolution on ’nuclear security and nonproliferation’ which was overwhelmingly passed today (27 Oct 2016) by 415 votes in favour, with 124 against and 74 abstentions.   Article below via ICAN Brussels/Strasbourg. European Union’s legislature … Read More

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