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By RAMESH JAURA*
BERLIN | GENEVA (IDN) – If it were up to the youth, all nuclear weapons in global arsenals would be declared inhumane and a comprehensive treaty banning these would be put in place.
This is the upshot of an international survey released at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) during a milestone conference. [P] ARABIC TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH
Nuclear Abolition News | IPPNW
By JOHN LORETZ
GENEVA (IPPNW) – The number of countries demanding the elimination of nuclear weapons as a humanitarian imperative grew to 74 today, when South Africa read a joint statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons on behalf of that many delegations to the 2013 Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee in Geneva.
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By HIROTSUGU TERASAKI*
TOKYO (IDN) – It is a cause of grave concern that there are an increasing number of regions under tension and exposed to the threat of nuclear weapons; namely, the Middle East, South Asia and Northeast Asia. Today, there are more countries that seem to be adhering to the doctrine of nuclear deterrence and/or extended deterrence than during the Cold War era.
This reminds me of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s warning to the world, “Unfortunately, the doctrine of nuclear deterrence has proven to be contagious. This has made non-proliferation more difficult, which in turn raises new risks that nuclear weapons will be used.” It is critical that all of us share an awareness that humanity is standing at an important tipping point today.
Von Tim Wright*
Melbourne (IDN) – Anfang März organisierte die norwegische Regierung die denkwürdige Konferenz in Oslo über die Auswirkungen von Atomwaffen auf die Menschheit und über das Unvermögen der Hilfsorganisationen, im Fall eines Atomangriffs angemessen zu reagieren. Mehr als 120 Regierungen, das Rote Kreuz und etliche UN-Organisationen nahmen daran teil. Ihre Botschaft war klar und deutlich: Um einen erneuten Einsatz von Kernwaffen zu verhindern, müssen sie verboten und sofort zerstört werden.
Nuclear Abolition News | IPS
By RAVI KANTH DEVARAKONDA
GENEVA (IPS) – As parties to the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) begin their second preparatory conference in Geneva on Monday, representatives of civil society and several countries have decided to bring the festering nuclear issue and its potential humanitarian consequences to the centre stage. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH
Nuclear Abolition NewsViewpoint | IDN
By TIM WRIGHT*
MELBOURNE (IDN) – At the beginning of March, the Norwegian government hosted a landmark conference in Oslo on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and the inability of relief agencies to respond effectively in the event of a nuclear attack. More than 120 governments, the Red Cross and several UN agencies participated. Their message came through loud and clear: the only way to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again is to outlaw and eliminate them without further delay. [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF
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By FREDERICK N. MATTIS
ANNAPOLIS, USA (IDN) – Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda’s Peace Proposal for 2013 notes that worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons will require the legal framework of a treaty banning the weapons (variously called a nuclear abolition treaty, nuclear ban treaty, or Nuclear Weapons Convention – NWC). The SGI president proposes the goal of substantial completion in 2015 of the NWC text. Upon its finalization, then, of course, time will be needed for states to evaluate, sign, ratify, and formally accede to the NWC.
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By BENNETT RAMBERG*
LOS ANGELES (IDN | Yale Global) – Following North Korea’s February 12 nuclear weapons test, the UN Security Council adopted tough penalties on Pyongyang. Along with a new round of financial sanctions, the council beefed up inspections of suspect cargo to and from the country and took steps to halt illegal activities by Pyongyang diplomats – all intended to squeeze North’s nuclear and missile programs.