Explaining Nuclear Ban Article 4 in Plain English

In the 3rd nuclear ban treaty draft, Article 4 (Towards the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons) contains some of the more confusing language of the text. Below, I break down what its provisions are suggesting bit by bit. Article 4 contains two pathways towards disarmament. As neatly expressed by @GaukharM, they are: to dismantle nuclear weapon [...]

Chair Releases Revised Draft of Nuclear Ban Treaty

On Tuesday night, the President of the Nuclear Ban Conference released a revised draft of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The revisions take into account feedback provided by negotiating states and other participating actors in the first week of the June-July round of talks. Below are the edits made to the text, compared [...]

New Momentum for Nuclear Disarmament?

In late 2016, member states of the UN’s disarmament and international security committee voted overwhelmingly to begin negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, with a resolution calling for a 2017 conference on creating a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”. While 123 states voted in favour of [...]