Vienna conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

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…

Will the NPT face the facts?

By John Loretz of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War When the 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) opens in New York next week, the 190 member states will have to…

Moratorium on any new nuclear arms spending

If the US really want “arms control” we should disband NATO, take our missiles out of Poland, Romania and Turkey (Turkey for the second time, since JFK took them out of Turkey once before in a deal for the USSR…

“Law stands on hollow ground where a solid moral conviction is absent”

On the 9th of December in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, delegates from almost 160 governments together with dozens of NGOs came together in the Conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons. After hearing how Humanitarian Law, Environmental Law…

USA and UK to nuclear conference: “This means nothing to me. Aaaahhh Vienna!”

Three days after attending four days of intense nuclear weapon conferences in the Austrian capital, the title for this opinion piece comes to me as I recall the words sung by Ultravox on their 1981 hit, conveniently called Vienna also.…

Nuclear weapons effectively illegal under humanitarian law

In the two-day international conference on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons in Vienna on the 8th and 9th of December 2014, Dr. Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was…

Austria pledges to work for a ban on nuclear weapons

Humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons must initiate treaty process in 2015 After 44 states called for a prohibition on nuclear weapons at a conference in Vienna on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons, Austria delivered the “Austrian pledge” in which…

ICAN calls for nuclear weapon ban following in the footsteps of biological and chemical weapons

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) statement to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons 9 December 2014, Vienna I am speaking on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a coalition of over…

Nuclear weapon conference opens in Vienna with 157 countries

This morning in the Hofburg Palace, Vienna, in the presence of delegations from 157 countries and dozens of civil society organisations many of whom are partners of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the inter-governmental conference opened with statements…

Campaign calls for negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons

More than 150 states gather in Vienna for global conference on nuclear weapons (8 December 2014, Vienna), In a demonstration of overwhelming support from the international community, representatives from more than 150 states are gathering in Vienna, Austria for the…

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