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.