This week at the UN Headquarters in New York, an unprecedented marks the commencement of negotiation is at the United Nations Headquarters in New Yorktaking place wherein most member states of the UN General Assembly are discussing on a comprehensive legal prohibition on the use, possession, production, stockpiling and deployment of nuclear weapons. The treaty, if adopted, would mark a significant step towards the eventual goal of the complete elimination of these weapons of mass destruction.
Setsuko Thurlow, the octagenarian survivor of Hiroshima bombing, in her evocative speech in the UNGA this week during negotiations on the nuclear ban treaty, gave a fervent call for banning nuclear weapons while her generation of victims fade away.
The United Nations General Assembly today approved a historic resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The vote follows a decision on 27 October by the General Assembly’s First Committee – which deals with disarmament and international security matters – to begin work on the new treaty despite fervent opposition from some nuclear-armed nations.
What is the status of the nuclear arsenals of India and Pakistan? What dangers come from the postures and plans they have adopted? What influences do China and the United States wield in the region? These and other topics were …
Prof Achin Vanaik, eminent intellectual and peace activist, speaking on the worsening security situation in South Asia and the escalating arms race in the region.