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July 10, 2017

A Landmark Achievement for Nuclear Disarmament

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
A large majority of the international community, together with governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions, achieved an important milestone in the treatment of disarmament questions by concluding a landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The instrument was adopted on July 7, 2017 by 122 votes in favor, 1 against (Netherlands) and 1 abstention (Singapore).

July 10, 2017

Civil Society Rejoices at the New UN Treaty Marking the Beginning of the End of Nuclear Age

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
When the United Nations member states adopted on July 7, 2017 a legally-binding treaty banning nuclear weapons and prohibiting a full range of related activities, it was a historic and highly emotional moment not only for Ambassador Elayne Whyte G?mez of Costa Rica, president of the UN conference. It was also a moment of profound rejoicing for a diverse range of civil society organisations (CSOs).

July 9, 2017

Philippines backs UN ban on nuclear weapons

The Philippine Star
A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations by 122 nations, including the Philippines, on Friday despite opposition from nuclear powers Britain, France and the US, which said it disregards the reality of dealing with international security threats such as North Korea. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favor with one country ? NATO member the Netherlands ? voting against, while Singapore abstained.

July 9, 2017

Trump to Xi: 'Something has to be done' about North Korea

CNN.com
Less than a week after a historic North Korean missile test, the leaders of the United States and China pledged to work together to stop Kim Jong Un's nuclear missile program. "Something has to be done," US President Donald Trump said during the brief public portion of a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Germany.

July 9, 2017

As an historic nuclear weapons treaty is reached, G20 leaders miss the mark on North Korea

The Conversation
Over the weekend, more than 120 countries adopted a treaty at a UN conference that prohibits the production, stockpiling, use or threatened use of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. Australia was a notable absentee. So were the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons.

July 8, 2017

Faith Groups Urge Universal Adoption of UN Nuclear Ban Treaty

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
While welcoming the adoption of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons "as a vital step toward the goal of a world free from nuclear weapons", Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons have in a 'public statement' called for its universal acceptance and implementation.

July 8, 2017

UN adopts treaty to ban nuclear weapons; India skips talks

Business Standard
Over 120 countries have voted in the UN to adopt the first-ever global treaty to ban nuclear weapons, even as India and other nuclear powers including the US, China and Pakistan boycotted the negotiations for the legally binding instrument to prohibit atomic weapons.

July 7, 2017

Pakistan, India boycott global treaty banning nuclear weapons

THE NATION
A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from the United States, Pakistan, India and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favour with one country - NATO member The Netherlands voting against - while Singapore abstained.

July 7, 2017

'Combination of Reason and Heart' Results in UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

Taipei Times
In what was a ?historic? and a highly emotional moment at the United Nations, member states adopted on July 7, 2107 a legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. "The world has been waiting for this legal norm for 70 years," since the use of the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 at the end of World War II, said Ambassador Elayne Whyte G?mez of Costa Rica, president of the UN conference to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.

July 6, 2017

Britain Has A Chance To Lead The Way On Ridding The World Of Nuclear Weapons

Huffington Post
Seventy-two years ago two American B-29 bombers flew over Japan on the most devastating military missions of all time. The bombs they dropped - known as ?Little Boy? and ?Fat Man?- didn?t just slaughter over 135,000 people, they changed the course of human history. Almost everything and everyone near the bomb blasts were destroyed immediately - buildings and people ripped apart as if they were made of paper.

July 6, 2017

Future of CTBT starts becoming questionable: Expert

THE NATION
Consulting Advisor for policy and outreach to the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBT) Tariq Rauf has observed that future of the CTBT is becoming questionable with every passing year.

July 6, 2017

?Nuclear tests have severe repercussions for human health?

DAWN
Humans are the only species on earth striving for their own disaster, the consulting adviser for policy and outreach to the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) Organisation, Tariq Rauf, said on Wednesday.

July 5, 2017

India adds 10 more nuclear warheads to its arsenal, develops tech for strike-back: SIPRI report

First Post
Though not a leader in terms of total number of nuclear warheads, falling behind Pakistan and China, India has continued on its efforts to increase its arsenal of nuclear weapons while continuously upgrading technology for an assured strike-back, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in its annual report.

July 5, 2017

Conference Pleads for Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Becoming Law

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
At a crucial point in time when the United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination has submitted a draft treaty and the international community is focussed on the North Korean ICBM threat, an international conference has underlined the need for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) becoming law without any further dithering.

July 5, 2017

As concern about North Korea deepens, the U.S. and China are at odds

The Washington Post
The Trump administration has called for ?global action? on North Korea, but as concern about the July 4 missile test and its aftermath deepens, the world's biggest players, the United States and China, are at odds about what to do next. Tuesday's launch was a display of the North?s longest-reaching weapon yet ? an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range that experts say covers Alaska.

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