Global Wave against Nuclear Weapons 2015: “Say good-by to nukes”

Before and during the NPT Review Conference in NewYork (April/May 2015), a smart, truly global campaign against nuclear weapons has been conducted, involving a lot of young people and school children. Please click here for more information. This article was prepared by Alyn Ware, Basel Peace Office, internationally recognized and awarded consultant for arms control…

Russia Proposes to Convene Conference on Establishment of a Middle East WMD Free Zone, No Later than 1 March 2016!

by Daniel Rietiker (source: newsru.com) The Russian Federation proposes to convene a Conference in Moscow, no later than 1st of March 2016, in view to establishing a Zone free of nuclear weapons and other WMD in the Middle East. This derives from a statement of the representative of the Russian Federation during a press conference held last week within the…

Switzerland’s opening remarks at the 2015 NPT Review Conference – Miles away from the often praised humanitarian tradition!

Introduction [by Daniel Rietiker]: On 27 April, Didier Burkhalter, the Federal Councillor, delivered opening remarks on behalf of Switzerland at the 2015 NPT Review Conference. Our friends from ICAN Switzerland posted some observations on their blog (in German), observations that we largely share. Please click here! We reproduce the speech below for your consideration. Generally speaking,…

Nuclear Disarmament: The Road Ahead! – A paper by IALANA, February 2015

In a very useful paper of February 2015, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) outlines, in a nutshell, the ongoing discussion on nuclear disarmament. It derives from this document that, one the one hand, civil society agrees on the ultimate aim, consisting of a world without nuclear weapons but that, on the other hand, the methods and…

Nuclear weapons: Filling the legal gap NOW!

In a speech given to the diplomatic community in Geneva, 28 February 2015, Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, reiterated the organization’s call for the prohibition and elimination of these weapons through a legally binding agreement: “The ICRC believes that reducing the risk of nuclear-weapon use and ensuring their elimination through a legally binding international agreement…

The Vienna Conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons (Part II) – The obvious disproportionality of nuclear weapons under international law

In our previous post on the Vienna Conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, we compared the ongoing process focusing on the disastrous effects of nuclear weapons on the human being and its natural environment with the Ottawa and Oslo Processes, which were both crowned by the successful conclusion of the respective international treaties…

The Vienna Conference on the “Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons” – or: What is the Difference between a Landmine and a Nuclear Weapon?

Dear Reader, I attended the third Conference on the “Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons”, perfectly organized by the Austrian Government in the fantastic premisses of the Hofburg on 8 and 9 December 2014. For the results of the Conference and the progressive “pledge” of the Austrian Government, please click here. What are my personal ideas and conclusions of this Conference? On…