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Friday, 26 September 2014

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons 2014, September 26th




"Nuclear disarmament is one of the greatest legacies we can pass on to future generations." 
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Background of the Day

 First proposed in October 2013, resolution A/RES/ 68/32 was meant as a follow-up to the high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament held on 26 September 2013 in the UN General Assembly.

The resolution, approved by the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with nuclear disarmament, inter alia calls for the “urgent commencement of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament  for the early conclusion of a comprehensive convention on nuclear weapons to prohibit their possession, development, production, acquisition, testing, stockpiling, transfer and use or threat of use, and to provide for their destruction.”

The resolution “declares 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons devoted to furthering this objective [the total elimination of nuclear weapons], including through enhancing public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination, in order to mobilize international efforts towards achieving the common goal of a weapon” and furthermore “decides to convene, no later than 2018, a United Nations  high-level international conference on nuclear disarmament to review the progress made in this regard.”

The resolution was approved by a vote of 129-28 with 19 abstentions.  The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution on 5 December 2013 with a vote of 137-28 with 20 abstentions.


  U.N. General Assembly: International Day for the Total elimination of Nuclear Weapons 2014 - Informal meeting of the plenary, at the ministerial level





Documents
Resources

the powerful Civil society presentation to the UN General Assembly on eliminating all weapons of mass destruction. - See more at: http://www.abolition2000.org/?page_id=3084#sthash.N5Aduc0G.dpuf
the powerful Civil society presentation to the UN General Assembly on eliminating all weapons of mass destruction. - See more at: http://www.abolition2000.org/?page_id=3084#sthash.N5Aduc0G.dpuf

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