UNFOLD ZERO Newsletter

Dear friends,
The second session of the 2016 UN Open Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament will be held in Geneva from May 2-4 and 9-13.
Civil society is invited to participate along with all member States of the United Nations. To register, please contact and copy us at
The first session, held from February 22-25, included discussion on the range of perspectives and approaches to achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world.

The dialogue was constructive, but also indicated that there are still big gaps between governments, particularly between the non-nuclear States and those under extended nuclear deterrence doctrines. These gaps are currently preventing progress. See Security and deterrence – talking past each other at the OEWG.
UNFOLD ZERO and our partner organisations were very active in the first session and will again be active for the May session.
Religions for Peace, Mayors for Peace and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament present 'A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Our Common Good' to Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi, Chair of the OEWG.
  • Basel Peace Office has submitted a working paper Building the Framework for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World, which makes a number of recommendations to ensure success of the May session.
  • PNND and the Middle Powers Initiative are organizing a track-two roundtable conference of 20-25 key governments prior to the OEWG, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN.
  • The International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms is holding a dialogue of law experts with NGOs in Geneva on April 18 to discuss legal measures for nuclear disarmament being considered at the OEWG.
  • UNFOLD ZERO will organize side events at the OEWG on May 8 and 12 (details to follow).
  • Next week UNFOLD ZERO will launch Let’s Talk, a global action and platform for the OEWG.
Please contact us at if you have any questions about the OEWG and how to participate.
Yours sincerely
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