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Nuclear disarmament approaches after the Ban Treaty: a personal view

Talks in the UN on a Ban July 2017

The Ban Treaty is now open for signature, and over 50 states were reported to have signed on its first day. It is one of the few points of bright optimism in an otherwise very dark sky overshadowing global nuclear diplomacy, though equally it has its downsides and risks. There will now be a concerted effort by campaigners to achieve the 50 ratifications necessary for entry into force. But this effort may not be the most important dimension of the issue in the near future.

What’s next for the nuclear ban treaty?

Ban coming

The official draft text of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons is likely to be published in the next two weeks (15-26 May). This timing has been determined by the intention to avoid distracting from the NPT PrepCom, drawing to a close on 11 May. Written by the Chair of the process, the draft will be considered by states at the next round of negotiations to be held at the UN headquarters in New York from 15 June-7 July. That leaves ban treaty proponents two weeks to lobby governments around the world and get their support.

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Nuclear non-proliferation: Planning for 2020

Each December, Wilton Park, the UK Foreign Office conference centre, hosts an international conference for diplomats and experts on issues of relevance to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation negotiations. BASIC has been represented at these meetings by Paul Ingram, Executive Director,  for a decade. This year he authored the official report, which can be accessed on the Wilton Park website here:

https://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/WP1498-Report.pdf