Key Articles

This section provides various resources related to nuclear disarmament issues.


Assuring destruction forever

April 10, 2012

This new, groundbreaking study by Reaching Critical Will explores in-depth the nuclear weapon modernization programmes in China, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and analyzes the costs of nuclear weapons in the context of the economic crisis, austerity measures, and rising challenges in meeting human and environmental needs.

Don't bank on the bomb

March 5, 2012

ICAN release a groundbreaking report identifying more than 300 banks, pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers in 30 countries with substantial investments in nuclear arms producers. The 180-page study provides details of financial transactions with 20 companies that are heavily involved in the manufacture, maintenance and modernization of US, British, French and Indian nuclear forces.

Monitoring report of 2010 NPT Review Conference Action Plan

February 8, 2012

Reaching Critical Will and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy are cooperating in a project aimed at providing a platform for examining the degree of implementation and operationlaisation of the action plan in the three NPT "pillars".

Towards a treaty banning nuclear weapons

January 16, 2012

Three-quarters of all nations support UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's proposal for a treaty to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons, according to a study released today by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The report comes one week after the Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was moved one minute closer to midnight in response to growing nuclear dangers around the world and a lack of progress towards nuclear abolition.

Getting STARTed: Short-Term Steps to Advance the Long-Term Goal of Deep Nuclear Reductions by James M. Acton

July 7, 2011

The next round of U.S.-Russia arms control presents some truly daunting challenges. Realistically, another arms reduction treaty is likely to be out of reach for the Obama administration, even if it wins a second term. Fortunately, there is much that it could do in the remainder of its first term to lay the groundwork for another treaty while reducing nuclear risks.

World spending on nuclear weapons surpasses $1 trillion per decade

June 19, 2011

The 8.5 nuclear weapons countries (North Korea is half-way there) are passing a new milestone this year by collectively spending approximately one hundred billion dollars on their nuclear programs. This conservatively estimated expenditure represents about 9 percent of their total annual military spending.

Climate change, nuclear risks and nuclear disarmament

June 19, 2011

The World Future Council's latest report examines the convergence of nuclear and climate change threats and its implications for global security. It is based on groundbreaking research by WFC Peace and Disarmament Working Group member Prof. Dr. Jurgen Scheffran of the University of Hamburg.

Vancouver Declaration, Law's Imperative for the Urgent Achievement of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

February 23, 2011

Released by The Simons Foundation and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) and signed by eminent experts in international law and diplomacy, this declaration affirms that nuclear weapons are incompatible with international humanitarian law, the law stating what is universally prohibited in warfare. It concludes by calling on states to commence and conclude negotiations on the global prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons as mandated by the legal obligation unanimously proclaimed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 1996.

Santa Barbara Declaration: Reject Nuclear Deterrence: An Urgent Call to Action

February 17, 2011

This declaration was drafted at the conclusion of The Dangers of Nuclear Deterrence conference, hosted by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA on February 16-17, 2011.

The Final Document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference

May 3 – May 28, 2010

This refers, for the first time ever, to proposals for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC). The conference acknowledged that the only real assurance against the threat posed by nuclear weapons is their abolition. And the conference called for countries to observe International Humanitarian Law in light of the catastrophic effects of any use of nuclear weapons.

Eliminating Nuclear Threats: Report of the International Commission of Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

November 2009

This report, the work of an independent commission of global experts sponsored by Australia and Japan, seeks to guide global policymakers through this maze. It comprehensively maps both opportunities and obstacles, and shapes its many recommendations into a clearly defined set of short, medium and longer term action agendas.

Securing our Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention


This report reflects on the changed global security environment and answers critical questions relating to the process of nuclear disarmament. ICAN calls on all countries immediately to commence negotiations for an NWC. It includes the text of the NWC.

Canadian Pugwash Call for an Arctic Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone

August 24, 2007

The call issued by the Canadian Pugwash Group for the establishment of an Arctic Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (NWFZ)

International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion: Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons

July 8, 1996

On Monday, July 8, 1996, The World Health Organization, an agency of the U.N., and the United Nations General Assembly requested advisory opinions of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legality of nuclear weapons under international law.

Lectures and Speeches

Prague Speech

By US President Barack Obama

Delivered at Hradcany Square in Prague, Czech Republic
April 5, 2009

The United Nations and security in a nuclear-weapon-free world

By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Address to The East-West Institute offering a five-point disarmament agenda
October 2008

A Global Effort to Achieve a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

By Jonas Gahr STØRE (Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Address to the Oslo Conference on Nuclear Disarmament Achieving the Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons
February 2008

Lecture at Princeton University

By UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Lecture delivered at Princeton University calling for progress on both nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation
November 2006

Is the NPT up to the challenge of proliferation?

By Rebecca Johnson

Report given by cofounder of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy
October 2004


A World Free of Nuclear Weapons: An Interview With Nuclear Threat Initiative Co-Chairman Sam Nunn

Arms Control Today, March 2008

Articles and Publications



Confronting Nuclear War: The Role of Education, Religion, and the Community

Authored by Bill Wickersham, Jared Gassen

November 2009

Toward a nuclear-free world: a German view

By Helmut Schmidt, Richard von Weizsäcker, Egon Bahr and Hans-Dietrich Genscher

International Herald Tribune / The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy, January 9, 2009
Response to appeal issued by Messrs. Kissinger, Schultz, Perry and Nunn in The Wall Street Journal on January 15, 2008.

For a nuclear weapon free world

By Massimo D'Alema, Gianfranco Fini, Giorgio La Malfa, Arturo Parisi and Francesco Calogero

Corriere della Sera / 2020 Vision Campaign, July 24, 2008
Closely following the call from four prominent British politicians carried in The Times (UK) on June 30, Italy's major daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera , published a groundbreaking Op-ed signed by five leading figures in Italian politics.

Establishing A Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Arctic

By Adele Buckley

Global Security Institute, July 11, 2008

Start worrying and learn to ditch the bomb

By Douglas Hurd, Malcolm Rifkind, David Owen and George Robertson

The Times, June 30, 2008

Fulfill and Strengthen the Bargain

By Jayantha Dhanapala

Arms Control Today, June 2008

A New Era of Nuclear Abolition

October 2010

Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons: SGI Quarterly

July 2007

The SGI Quarterly magazine aims to highlight initiatives and perspectives on peace, education and culture, providing a forum for a diverse range of contributors to share their insights, wisdom and expertise. These issues are focusing on the issue of nuclear weapons.

Toward A Nuclear-Free World

By George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn.

The Wall Street Journal, January 15, 2008

The Nuclear Threat

By Mikhail Gorbachev

The Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2007
A response to “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons,” published in the January 4, 2007, issue of The Wall Street Journal

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

By George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn

The Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2007

The 50-Year Shadow

By Joseph Rotblat

The New York Times, May 17, 2005

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