GPPAC calls on all governments to endorse the Humanitarian Pledge and support the start of negotiations for a ban on nuclear weapons

On May 22, the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference concluded its work, without adopting an outcome document.

The GPPAC International Steering Group (ISG) regrets that no progress could be made on the establishment of a nuclear-weapon free zone in the Middle East, which would contribute to building confidence in the region. We also deplore the fact that the conference ended without any real commitment to accelerate nuclear disarmament.

 Yet, we believe the 2015 NPT was a game-changer. The real outcome of this periodic review has been the wide and growing international support for the humanitarian initiative, which highlights the unacceptable and inhumane consequences any use of nuclear weapons would have, across borders and generations, on people, the environment, development and the economy.

 The GPPAC ISG believes that the total elimination of nuclear weapons is the only way to prevent such a humanitarian catastrophe and that a legal ban on such weapons is the immediate next step to take.

 Thus, we welcome the fact that over 100 (107) states have now endorsed the Humanitarian Pledge, initiated by Austria, committing to work for a new legally binding instrument for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.

 We now call on governments that have not yet endorsed the Humanitarian Pledge to support it, and we invite all governments to launch a diplomatic process to create an international prohibition on nuclear weapons.

The GPPAC ISG also expresses its support to the Marshall Islands – a country that suffered nuclear testing – in its legal efforts before the International Court of Justice to bring nuclear weapons states to fulfill their nuclear disarmament obligations in good faith.

The role played by civil society in promoting the humanitarian approach has been positive and supportive, and we encourage civil society organizations to continue their mobilizing efforts to further advance the approach throughout the world.

As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, now is the time to begin negotiations towards a ban treaty.

 

 

 

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