United Nations General Assembly

24.12.2016

UN General Assembly approves historic nukes resolution

UN General Assembly approves historic nukes resolution

The United Nations General Assembly today approved a historic resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The vote follows a decision on 27 October by the General Assembly’s First Committee – which deals with disarmament and international security matters – to begin work… »

24.10.2016

The week the world agreed to make nuclear weapons illegal

The week the world agreed to make nuclear weapons illegal

It’s time This week, delegations to the UN General Assembly could help shift the course of history. This sounds dramatic, especially for First Committee. While it always presents a good opportunity for progress, First Committee can sometimes seem like a recycling facility for statements and resolutions. Some of the proposals… »

29.09.2016

Governments submit draft resolution to commence ban treaty negotiations

Governments submit draft resolution to commence ban treaty negotiations

A group of governments have submitted a draft UN General Assembly resolution to start negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The document was circulated on Wednesday by its lead sponsors Austria, Mexico, South Africa, Ireland, Brazil and Nigeria and follows on from the recommendation of a UN Working… »

22.09.2016

Austria announces UN resolution to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017

Austria announces UN resolution to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017

Austria’s foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Wednesday that his country would join other UN member states in tabling a resolution next month to convene negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017. Speaking in the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in New… »

13.11.2015

UN General Assembly: A win for resolve and courage at First Committee

UN General Assembly: A win for resolve and courage at First Committee

We reproduce here the Editorial from the First Committee Monitor, the weekly publication from our friends at Reaching Critical Will, published during the weeks of debate in the United Nations General Assembly. A few days before the vote on the Mexican-led resolution to establish an open-ended working group (OEWG),… »

07.11.2015

Majority of countries pledge to support negotiations towards a nuclear weapon ban treaty

Majority of countries pledge to support negotiations towards a nuclear weapon ban treaty

At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), nuclear disarmament resolutions passed this week by large majorities in the First Committee show continued and growing support for disarmament measures “in a new key.” These measures have arisen under the banner of what is being called the “Humanitarian Initiative,” a movement… »

26.10.2015

Nuclear disarmament humanitarian incantations

Nuclear disarmament humanitarian incantations

As the UN General Assembly debates continue, Reaching Critical Will produces a weekly publication, First Committee Monitor, which deals with the issues raised in the First Committee, responsible for disarmament issues.  Pressenza is publishing this week’s editorial article by Ray Acheson. Disturbed by “humanitarian activists” raising expectations for nuclear disarmament,… »

22.10.2015

US approach to nuclear disarmament: blame the victim

US approach to nuclear disarmament: blame the victim

At some point between the NPT Review Conference in May and the general debate of First Committee, the United States decided to rebrand its preferred “step-by-step approach” to nuclear disarmament as the “full-spectrum approach”. Like before, it contrasts this approach with the pursuit of a treaty banning nuclear weapons, which… »

16.10.2015

The challenge of disarmament: still nonviolence or nonexistence

The challenge of disarmament: still nonviolence or nonexistence

As the UN General Assembly debates issues of world peace, a space is given to civil society organisations to make presentations.  This statement by Andrew Lichterman, of Western States Legal Foundation, was delivered by Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation and endorsed by Pressenza IPA among 133 organisations. »

24.09.2013

Dialogue among Civilizations: A Way to Contain Sectarian Strife

Dialogue among Civilizations: A Way to Contain Sectarian Strife

Today, political and cultural trends and processes in the Middle East region and the world clearly show that the dialogue among civilizations is not merely a moral recommendation, but a vital necessity. Sectarian strife in addition to ethnic and tribal massacres, on the one hand, and the continued… »

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