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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

Treaties and Conventions

Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)


The Nuclear Weapons Convention

In 1996, three non-governmental organizations - IALANA, INESAP, and IPPNW - drafted a model Nuclear Weapons Convention "outlining what a nuclear weapons convention could look like and exploring the roads to a nuclear-weapons-free world."
In early December 2007, the governments of Costa Rica and Malaysia submitted a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) to the United Nations General Assembly in order to assist deliberations that would lead to the conclusion of such a treaty. Costa Rica submitted the NWC a first time to the state parties to the NPT PrepCom in May 2007.

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Nuclear Weapons Convention UN Document:


The Russell Einstein Manifesto

Download: Russell-Einstein-Manifesto.pdf (55K)


United Nations General Assembly Hall
Photo: UN Website

David Krieger

The Non Proliferation Treaty Turns Forty

July 1, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) being opened for signatures.The true purpose of this treaty has always been two-fold:

to prevent nuclear proliferation and to achieve nuclear disarmament; in other words, to create a level playing field in which there are no nuclear weapons.

In the preamble to the treaty, the parties declare their intention to achieve at the earliest possible date the cessation of the nuclear arms race and to undertake effective measures in the direction of nuclear disarmament.

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