Malaysian Diplomat Shows Courage on Way to Landmark NPT Review Conference

Viewpoint by Ray Acheson

Photo: Press Briefing by Syed Hasrin Syed Hussin (right), Chair of the Third Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference, on May 10, 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Credit: Katsuhiro Asagiri | IDN-INPS

This article first appeared as Editorial in NPT News in Review, Vol. 16, No. 7 on May 10, 2019. The writer is the Director of Reaching Critical Will the disarmament programme of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She represents WILPF on several coalition steering groups, including the 2017 Nobel Laureate International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Ray is a 2018 UN Women Metro-NY "Champion of Change". – The Editor [2019-05-14]

Mayors for Peace Call for a Common Ground on the NPT

By J Nastranis

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NEW YORK (IDN) – In anticipation of the review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in 2020 at the United Nations, the Mayors for Peace have in a Joint Appeal called for finding a "common ground on the NPT"; because the global interest embodied in the NPT is in the national interests of all countries and all peoples worldwide. [2019-05-13]

Experts Exhort Nuclear Deal Signatories to Help Iran

By Jamshed Baruah

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NEW YORK (IDN) – The Arms Control Association (ACA), a Washington-based nonpartisan organization, has warned that Iran’s "threat to violate" the landmark 2015 nuclear deal is "a very worrisome but predictable response" to U.S. President Donald Trump's "dangerous decision" to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) one year ago.

The Washington-based organization said: "The Trump administration’s systematic campaign to deny Iran any benefits from the agreement has driven the leadership in Tehran to take these retaliatory steps." [2019-05-08]

Faith Communities Sound a Clarion Call for Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

By Santo D. Banerjee

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NEW YORK (IDN) – Heed the voices of the world’s hibakusha, survivors of atomic bombings, by unequivocally recommitting to achieving a world without nuclear weapons, by supporting the signing and ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). [2019-05-04] JAPANESE

Kazakhstan Calls for Rigorous Implementation of the NPT

By Santo D. Banerjee

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NEW YORK (IDN)Kazakhstan, an active supporter of nuclear disarmament and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime, has reiterated its firm support for the strict and complete compliance by all parties of the provisions of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). [2019-05-03]

UNODA Chief Focuses on Youth Engagement in Meeting with NGOs

By Caroline Mwanga

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NEW YORK (IDN) – The role of youth in promoting nuclear disarmament as envisaged in the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament, Securing Our Common Future, formed the focus of High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) Izumi Nakamitsu's meeting with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at the United Nations headquarters in New York on May 1. [2019-05-02]

High School Students' Conference Stimulates Youth Engagement in Nuclear Disarmament

By Masako Toki*

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MONTEREY, CA, USA (IDN) – The global nuclear situation appears to be more dangerous than ever, and calls for innovative solutions and involvement of the young people. Much against the widespread belief that high school students are too young to be engaged in resolving issues related to nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, the 2019 Critical Issues Forum (CIF) conference evidenced that tomorrow's leaders are ready to contribute their share to global peace and security. [2019-04-28]

UN Organizes Events Engaging Youth in Disarmament

By Caroline Mwanga

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NEW YORK (IDN-INPS) – The United Nations played host to three important events in the month of April, focusing on youth engagement. The first of these witnessed the Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) organizing “knowledge exchange” between young professionals from its offices in New York, Geneva, and UNODA’s three Regional Centres for Peace and Disarmament in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. They shared inspiring ideas for future projects. [2019-04-24]

UN Eager to Advance Commitment to Nuclear Non-Proliferation

By Jamshed Baruah

Photo: German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas chairs the Security Council meeting on Non-proliferation and supporting the Non-proliferation Treaty ahead of the 2020 Review Conference. 02 April 2019. United Nations, New York. Photo # 802676. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

NEW YORK (IDN) – Deeply concerned about the erosion of the disarmament and arms control framework that reaped significant post-cold-war-era gains, the United Nations is keen to ensure the continued viability of the landmark Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). [2019-04-23 | P03] HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN

New Attempt to Tackle Nuclear Proliferation Threat in the Middle East

By Santo D. Banerjee

Photo: Nuclear disarmament in the Middle East. Credit: USA Air Force.

NEW YORK (IDN) – A conference on the establishment of a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone (WMDFZ) and a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East appeared to have been consigned to oblivion until the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided  in December 2018 "to entrust to the Secretary-General the convening" of an international meeting to address the risk of nuclear proliferation in one of the world's most volatile regions. [2019-04-22 | P02] ARABIC | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH