The statement, highlights the moral and security imperative to achieve nuclear abolition, and notes that 'funds that could instead be used to reverse climate change, eliminate poverty and address other social and economic needs.' It calls specifically on world leaders to negotiate 'a nuclear weapons convention or framework of agreements that eliminate nuclear weapons,' a proposal advanced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and supported by over 130 countries.
It was presented to Mr Lykketoft by Saber Chowdhury (President of the Inter Parliamentary Union), Dr Willam Vendley (Secretary-General of Religions for Peace), Randy Rydell (Mayors for Peace) and Jonathan Granoff (United Religions Initiative).
The OEWG would meet for a number of sessions in Geneva and report back to the UN General Assembly at the end of the year.
UNFOLD ZERO is consulting with government delegations in Geneva to ascertain the possibilities and prospects for progress on nuclear disarmament through the OEWG. We will report on this in a subsequent update. For more information see UN re-opens the door to a nuclear-weapon-free world.