UN Conference to Ban Nuclear Weapons
On 7 July, 2017, the United Nations adopted a landmark agreement to ban nuclear weapons. A first round of negotiations took place in March, marking a decisive turning point for multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts, with non-nuclear countries and civil society partnering to build momentum toward formalizing the refusal of these weapons on the basis of universally recognized principles of international law and human rights. In July, after three weeks of negotiations, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was finally adopted with the support of 122 nations—almost two-thirds of the total UN membership—in a clear indication that the majority of the world no longer accepts these weapons as legitimate. Despite the fact that none of the nuclear powers has joined the treaty, the agreement creates a new international context build upon a coalition of states and peace movements, that provides an encouraging pathway towards the total elimination of these horrific weapons.

RLS–NYC was present at this conference as co-sponsor of a series of side events during both sessions, with the participation of international experts, activists, and politicians. These events were organized in collaboration with peace organizations from Europe and the United States, including the International Peace Bureau (IPB), the International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and others.
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