Civil Society and Disarmament

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The Office for Disarmament Affairs publishes the series entitled "Civil Society and Disarmament" within the context of the General Assembly resolutions on the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme and the United Nations Study on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education. The publication provides a forum for the views of civil society in order to further an informed debate on topical issues of arms limitation, disarmament and security.
Civil Society and Disarmament 2015

Civil Society and Disarmament 2015

Statements of Non-Governmental Organization at the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons You do not have access to this content

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30 June 2016
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This publication contains the statements by representatives of civil society organizations which were delivered on 7 May 2015 during the Non-Governmental Organization segment of the 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty on the NonProliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
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  • Foreword
    Five years after the adoption of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Action Plan in 2010, states parties of the Treaty met to review its implementation. Compliance with commitments related to nuclear disarmament lagged far behind those related to non-proliferation or the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and states possessing nuclear weapons were found to be continuing to invest in their arsenals. Tensions among nuclear-armed states were raised, and in the end, the Review Conference was unable to adopt an outcome because Israel, a non-state party, did not agree to its terms.
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    • Arms Control Association
      Since the inception of the NPT, the United States and Russia— the world’s first nuclear-weapon States and still the possessors of the largest and most deadly nuclear arsenals—have been central to the success or the failure of the treaty.
    • Ban All Nukes generation
    • Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs
    • International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
      Madam President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Peter Weiss and I am Co-President of IALANA, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. I call your attention to our paper, “Nuclear Disarmament: The Road Ahead”, which is available outside this room. It contains our legal analysis of the nuclear weapons issue and our recommendations for going forward.
    • International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
      The humanitarian initiative began here five years ago, when the NPT Review Conference expressed its deep concern at the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.
    • Mayor of Hiroshima
      It is an honor for me to address delegates and non-governmental groups attending this 2015 NPT Review Conference.
    • Mayor of Nagasaki
    • Group of Non-Governmental Experts from Countries Belonging to the New Agenda Coalition
      The Group of non-governmental experts from the New Agenda Coalition (NAC) countries was established in 2007 in order to support the efforts of the NAC and to offer input for the promotion of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation with a particular focus on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons’ (NPT) Review cycles. The NAC-NGO group collaborates inter-sessionally and has on a number of occasions—particularly during the period leading up to the 2010 Review Conference and this current Review Process—outlined its common views and has made recommendations for enhancing and strengthening the global disarmament and non‑proliferation regime.
    • Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
      United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “There are no right hands for wrong weapons.” The overwhelming majority of countries agree. Yet the nuclear weapons States tells us that they have the rights, the hands and the need to possess these weapons of mass destruction. We all know that human hands are fallible. Indeed, the risks and consequences of a nuclear weapon detonation are too serious for this meeting to result in failure. These risks are heightened through the new risk of cyber warfare and the growth of terrorist group s.
    • Peace and Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World
      The Peace and Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World emerged out of last year’s Annual General Meeting of the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons. Looking ahead at that time to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, we discussed and debated “what comes next.” We recognized the deep flaws in the NPT and the failure of the NPT Review process to move us closer to a world without nuclear weapons. But we nonetheless saw the importance of a strong, visible civil society presence at the 2015 Review Conference that would bring a clarion call for negotiations to begin immediately on the elimination of nuclear weapons.
    • People for Nuclear Disarmament/Human Survival Project
    • Solidarity for Participatory Democracy
    • Setsuko Thurlow
    • Sim Jin-tae
    • Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea
      We express our greatest indignation against the incompetence and hypocrisy of the Obama administration, which undermines denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
    • Terumi Tanaka
    • Western States Legal Foundation
      Good Afternoon. My name is Andrew Lichterman. This is the statement of the Western States Legal Foundation, based in California. The statement has been endorsed by over 100 organizations. This statement is titled The Nuclear Danger Today: Existing Nuclear Arsenals are the Greatest Nuclear Threat.
    • World Council of Churches
      Since August 1945, when the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were subjected to atomic attack, the continued existence of nuclear weapons has forced humankind to live in the shadow of apocalyptic destruction. Their use would not only destroy the past fruits of human civilization, it would disfigure the present and consign future generations to a grim fate.
    • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
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