Reaching Critical Will

Reaching Critical Will (RCW) is the disarmament programme of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the oldest women's peace organization in the world. www.reachingcriticalwill.org

“One step closer” to eliminating WMD from the Middle East

By Sharon Dolev, Emad Kiyaei, and Tony Robinson | Middle East Treaty Organization (METO) The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction (the November Conference) held its second meeting…

The unsustainability of hypocrisy

Every year the team at Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament arm of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom report on all international forums concerned with disarmament. At this time of year they follow the First Committee of the…

Security and the human condition

As the United Nations General Assembly continues in New York, the First Committee, which deals with Disarmament and International Security, is listening to national statements. Our friends at Reaching Critical Will, are as ever doing the world a great serivce…

NPT 2018: Focus on what really matters

Another round of preparatory meetings ahead of the 2020 NPT Review Conference kicks off in Geneva tomorrow, Monday 23rd April. The people at Reaching Critical Will are, as always, providing excellent coverage throughout. We republish their first editorial here for…

Last minute drama at nuclear ban treaty talks

And the text goes to translation. High drama unfolded on Wednesday afternoon as debate erupted over the draft treaty’s withdrawal provision. After a full day of states reading their positions on various aspects of the text into the record without…

We’re off! to ban nuclear weapons

As talks to ban nuclear weapons through a legally binding treaty restart at the UN in New York, Reaching Critical Will brings us their valuable analysis and insight. It’s game on for round two of the nuclear ban negotiations! Delegations…

Vienna nuclear talks: Divergence doesn’t preclude progress

The first round of preparatory meetings came to an end in Vienna on Friday. Reaching Critical Will wrapped up their review of proceedings with these thoughts. By Ray Acheson The final day of the 2017 Preparatory Committee heard much praise…

Arms racing and the NPT : modernisation of nuclear weapon systems

Another cycle of conferences started this week in Vienna to culminate in a conference to review the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2020. States Parties and civil-society organisations have exchanged views in the general debate and in a number of…

17th June: Women’s march and rally to ban the bomb

Call to Action Women Ban the Bomb is a women-led initiative building on the momentum of movements at the forefront of the resistance, including the Women’s March on Washington. It will bring together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages,…

Courage is the crux of the ban treaty

By Ray Acheson. Applause broke out at the beginning of the day when the President of the conference to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons, Ambassador Elayne Whyte of Costa Rica, opened the proceedings. Applause also broke out at the…

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