What you need to know about the UN nuclear weapons ban negotiations

On March 27, 2017, a majority of the world’s nations gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York City and began historic negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

Talks resume on Thursday, June 15th, at the UN headquarters, and many observers expect a treaty to be adopted before the negotiations end on July 7th. The Bulletin has been posting excellent opinion and analysis on the ban and whether it will help or hurt the disarmament cause. Read on for what you need to know.

Ban Brief:
Our new blog offers regular updates on the ban negotiations, background, and progress. It is written by Tim Wright, Asia-Pacific director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and Ray Acheson, director of Reaching Critical Will. The Ban Brief returns in earnest on June 15, when ban negotiations resume.

Latest Ban Brief posts:

First draft of the world's first nuclear weapons ban, by Tim Wright

If you abhor chemical attacks, support a ban on nuclear weapons, by Tim Wright


A ban on nuclear weapons is within sight, by Tim Wright

Introduction to the ban, video with
Tim Wright

Catch up on all Ban Brief posts

Further reading:

What participants in a nuclear weapons ban treaty (do not) want, by Oliver Meier, Sira Cordes, Elisabeth Suh

The ban treaty must address the scientifically predicted consequences of nuclear war, by Steven Starr

A nuclear weapons ban should first do no harm to the NPT, by Adam Mount and Richard Nephew

Can a treaty banning nuclear weapons speed their abolition? Development and Disarmament Roundtable by Joelien Pretorius, Polina Sinovets, Mustafa Kibaroglu

Does the fight over a nuclear weapons ban threaten global stability? by Heather Williams


The May/June digital Journal features a special issue on nuclear modernization, with a mix of free-access and subscription-only articles

Nuclear Roundup, by Jodi Lieberman. Sign up for a daily compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world.