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UNFOLD ZERO Newsletter

Dear friends,

The world is 30 seconds closer to nuclear annihilation, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists who on January 26, at a press conference in Washington DC, moved the hands of the ‘Doomsday Clock’ to 2.5 minutes to midnight.

The Doomsday Clock, is  an indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change and new technologies.

The risks of these have increased as tensions rise between nuclear-armed States, and 'words have been used by a president-elect of the United States in cavalier and often reckless ways to address the threats of nuclear weapons and climate change.'
 

UNFOLD ZERO consultation

Meanwhile, a few blocks away in Washington DC on the same day as the Doomsday Clock announcement, UNFOLD ZERO and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) held a consultation with arms control experts and disarmament activists on how to reduce nuclear risks and advance nuclear disarmament.

The meeting was part of a series of consultations in Geneva, Vienna, New York, Washington, London and other centres, focusing on upcoming multilateral processes, including United Nations negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, the resumption of the Non-Proliferation Treaty review cycle and the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

UNFOLD ZERO consultation in Washington DC hosted by Green Cross International

UN High Level Conference

Recent UN conferences on climate change, sustainable development goals and refugees have been very successful, achieving agreement on the 17 Sustainable Development GoalsParis Agreement on Climate Change  and the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants.  

In all three issues mentioned above, competitive national interests that were detrimental to the common good were overcome through effective cooperation and campaigning by civil society.

The UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament provides a unique opening to achieve similar success on nuclear-risk-reduction and disarmament measures. However, this will require civil society, parliamentarians and like-minded governments working effectively together. UNFOLD ZERO and PNND are building such effective cooperation.

3DnukeMissile in front of the United Nations in Geneva

3DnukeMissile


Public education and support will be critical for any multilateral nuclear disarmament initiative to succeed. UNFOLD ZERO is therefore active on a range of public education initiatives including the 3DnukeMissile.

On January 23, UNFOLD ZERO, PNND and World Future Council displayed the 3DnukeMissile in front of the United Nations in Geneva. This coincided with the opening of the 2017 session of the Conference on Disarmament, at which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke passionately about the abolition of nuclear weapons and the role of the United Nations.

The following day UNFOLD ZERO and PNND hosted a consultation in Geneva on UN nuclear disarmament negotiations. This coincided with the anniversary of the very first resolution of the United Nations which set forth the goal of nuclear abolition.
Yours sincerely
UNFOLD ZERO
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