United Nations Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons adopted on July 7, 2017

By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference,  convened in New York, under the rules of procedure of the General Assembly, with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives.

The treaty was adopted on July 7, 2017.

To read a draft of the treaty and the voting results on July 7, 2017, go to

https://www.un.org/disarmament/ptnw/index.html

To learn about the treaty, go to:

http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/about-the-treaty-to-prohibit-nuclear-weapons/

Dr. Robert Dodge was part of  Physicians for Social Responsibility’s team of citizen-lobbyists attending the United Nations  convention for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

Physicians for Social Responsibility worked closely with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a coalition of over 400 NGOs in 60 countries.

Hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki attended, as well as victims from the British nuclear tests in Australia in the 1950s and French tests in the Pacific in the 1960s.  A woman from Erwin, Tennessee told of victims from “nuclear Appalachia” where uranium processing is still being carried out apart from the Oak Ridge operation, that has devastated communities through contamination and cancer.

Nuclear weapons issues in general, and this historic event in particular,  receive little coverage in news in the United States.

To read Dr. Dodge’s op-ed in the Ventura County Star, go to:

http://www.vcstar.com/story/opinion/columnists/2017/07/22/treaty-could-change-and-save-world/501530001/

To read Dr. Dodge’s op-ed in Common Dreams, go to:

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/08/nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty-rx-survival?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Researchers and students at the University of Colorado and Rutgers University are studying the human and environmental impacts of a potential nuclear war, using the most advanced scientific tools available.  CU Professor Brian Toon and Rutgers Professor Alan Robock are hardly new to their subject matter, having been among those involved in the initial research that revealed the potential for nuclear winter, showing that the effects would last more than a decade, with smoke from nuclear conflagrations rising as high as 25 miles into the atmosphere.  Read about their research at http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_31159133/cu-boulder-researcher-seeks-extend-understanding-nuclear-winter?utm_content=bufferfdb59&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Think your elected representatives are insufficiently informed with regard to nuclear weapons?

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation offers a tool to send them a message:

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6357/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=25118

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