The nuclear armed states oppose fast progress towards a treaty banning nuclear weapons, but most countries support it and opinion polls show that a majority of people in all nuclear-armed nations would support an international legally binding agreement outlawing and eliminating nuclear weapons.
A Nuclear Weapons Treaty, or something like it, is both necessary and feasible. It is also a legal obligation because the nuclear-armed states are under a Good Faith obligation to achieve a nuclear weapons-free world.
A Swiss Initiative shows the best pathway towards a Treaty is to build on what we already have – global popular support, a core of states ready to take it forward supported by citizen activists.
We also have calls from eminent world leaders such as Desmond Tutu, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Archbishop Chullikatt, and citizen activists.
190 countries, at a conference on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation at the United Nations in May 2010, expressed “deep concern at the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and reaffirms the need for all States at all times to comply with applicable international law.
Since then countries and international organisations have consistently made strong calls for nuclear disarmament in compliance with the law.
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