Options for multilateral nuclear disarmament and implementation of NPT article VI
By Tim Caughley
- Recent public concern about the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons has helped to sharpen the focus on measures by which the international community could progressively achieve the eventual elimination of these arms.
- Although many such measures have been identified over the years at meetings of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), a possible new approach for galvanizing nuclear disarmament has emerged.
- Support for negotiating a ban on the possession and use of nuclear weapons has been growing steadily on the back of new evidence accumulated at three conferences on their humanitarian impacts.
- Engaging with the concerns the humanitarian initiative has raised about nuclear weapons in a manner that builds new momentum for nuclear disarmament will be a key challenge for the upcoming NPT Review Conference.