Ban Treaty Negotiations Gets Off To A Great Start

Beatrice Fihn
2017-03-29

Yesterday, negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons under international law began in New York. The treaty is being negotiated based on the recognition that the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapon use is morally unacceptable and that the weapons themselves represent a significant risk to human security.

The treaty will finally ban weapons designed to indiscriminately kill civilians, completing the prohibitions of weapons of mass destruction.

While the majority of the worlds governments gathered in the room, Trump's UN envoy, Nikki Haley, held a protest together with the UK, France and a number of Eastern European allies outside the negotiations.

The very unusual protest by Ambassador Haley (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/world/americas/un-nuclear-weapons-talks.html?mc_cid=d4720d7f47&mc_eid=1b59a6604e) and others demonstrates how worried they are about the impact of the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. This treaty will also affect countries that fail to participate, by setting international norms of behaviour and removing the political prestige associated with nuclear weapons.

Over 115 governments, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the Pope and other faith-based leaders, over 3,000 scientists, and civil society agreed yesterday - this is the time to ban nuclear weapons.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/world/americas/un-nuclear-weapons-talks.html?mc_cid=d4720d7f47&mc_eid=1b59a6604e

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