PNND Update

Dear friends,

In October 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established an Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG) tasked to work on:
  1. concrete legal measures to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world, and
  2. other measures including transparency, nuclear-risk reduction and awareness raising. 
The OEWG, which is open to all governments, parliamentarians and civil society, has been meeting in Geneva this year. It will report back to the UN in October. The process is likely to lead to the start of multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations in 2017. See OEWG: Momentum grows to outlaw nuclear weapons

On Thursday 28 July, OEWG Chair Thani Thongphakdi released the draft OEWG report, called the 'Zero Report' as it aspires to bring about a world of zero nuclear weapons.

The OEWG will meet in Geneva over six days during Aug 5–19 to finalise the report for presentation to the UN General Assembly. 

Summary of the report

The Zero Report includes a specific proposal to start multilateral negotiations in 2017 on a legal agreement to prohibit nuclear weapons. The report includes a number of options for the type of legal agreement or agreements to be negotiated. These include a ban treaty (which could be negotiated by non-nuclear States), and a range of approaches that would require participation of at least some of the nuclear-armed and allied States: a comprehensive nuclear weapons convention, a framework agreement or a hybrid approach. There is no consensus yet on which would be the best approach.

Measures on transparency, nuclear risk-reduction and awareness-raising

The Zero Report includes a wide-range of draft recommendations on each of these areas, most of which will probably be adopted as they are generally agreeable to all States participating in the OEWG . A difficulty will be to sift through these to highlight which are the higher priorities, and to concentrate on encouraging nuclear-armed States and allies to adopt these.

Role of parliamentarians

  • Call on your government to participate in the August meetings and support key proposals to the OEWG;
  • Come to Geneva for some of the OEWG sessions. Register through PNND or through the OEWG website;

Yours sincerely

Alyn Ware
Alyn Ware
PNND Global Coordinator
On behalf of the PNND Coordinating Team

Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) is a global network of legislators working on a range of initiatives to prevent nuclear proliferation and to achieve a nuclear weapons free world.

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