Publication: Survival: Global Politics and Strategy February–March 2017
25 January 2017
On 27 October 2016, member states of the United Nations adopted a decision in the General Assembly to convene in 2017 negotiations for a new legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons – or, as it is widely known, a ban treaty.
This is a genuine opportunity for the international community, at long last, to break the logjam in multilateral nuclear-disarmament efforts and to make real progress towards a world free of nuclear weapons. An understanding of the need for a ban has emerged through the so-called ‘humanitarian initiative’, a movement led by governments, international organisations and civil-society groups to make humanitarian consequences the focus of discussions about nuclear weapons.