GCSP Doctoral Fellow Timothea Horn joined nuclear disarmament advocates Beatrice Fihn of the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and Richard Lenanne of Wildfire to brief Geneva-based press to discuss possible outcomes from this week’s talks in the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations. The panel focused in particular on the role of non-nuclear weapons states in pushing for measures to achieve nuclear prohibition.
The purpose of the OEWG is to develop “legal measures, legal provisions and norms” for achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world. This new UN body – which has the backing of 138 states – is widely expected to focus on a future treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons outright. International organisations and civil society organisations, including ICAN and Wildfire, have also been invited to participate.
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