NPT: concern over humanitarian impact is growing among states

April 23, 2013

Two days into PrepCom 2013 and already we are seeing some key shifts in the language of nuclear disarmament. A growing number of the delegations, including those from several nuclear umbrella States, are emphatically recognizing the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, while welcoming the initiative by the Mexican government to hold a follow-up meeting to the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo in March. The delegations from Ireland and Brazil, among others, have criticized the non-attendance to the Oslo Conference by P5 states as a missed opportunity.

States are increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress by the P5 states in fulfilling their obligations under Article VI of the NPT. By expressing their concern at the unacceptable humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, non-nuclear states are demonstrating their commitment to take the lead in making real progress towards a world without nuclear weapons. ICAN urges all states to place the humanitarian arguments at the core of their statements on nuclear disarmament, as is consistent with the preamble of NPT and the final document adopted at the 2010 Review Conference.

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