I had the pleasure of attending the OEWG in Geneva in May 2016. The Open-ended Working Group of the UN General Assembly is focused on finding legal measures ‘to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons.’ Below are impressions and memories.
At the OEWG, support grew for negotiation of a treaty banning nuclear weapons. A significant working paper, A/AC.286/WP.36, was submitted by 126 states which had endorsed the pledge originating at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in 2014 (conference photo from nukewatch.org).
UNFOLD ZERO initiated a panel presentation called ‘Global support and political will.’ I gave a talk about the #LetsTalkNukes initiative which is aimed at engaging the public about nuclear disarmament.
Alyn Ware is the Global Coordinator for PNND and co-founded Abolition 2000, the Basel Peace Office and UNFOLD ZERO, among other groups. It was due to Alyn’s initiative that I attended the OEWG in May.
UNFOLD ZERO made an intervention regarding the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines.
From the Youth Summit in Hiroshima to the OEWG in Geneva: Lovely catching up again with Hayley Ramsay-Jones (SGI), Alexandra Arce von Herold (IPPNW, PNND) and Selma Van Oostwaard (PAX), who are part of the Amplify – Generation of Change movement.