Ban Brief

On March 27 to March 31 and June 15 to July 7 a majority of the world’s nations are meeting at UN headquarters in New York City to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Ban Brief offers regular updates on the negotiations, their background, and their implications. 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.

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20 September 2017

World leaders line up to sign nuclear ban treaty

The large number of opening-day signatures—50—is a remarkable show of support for an agreement that fundamentally challenges the status quo.
10 July 2017

Celebration as UN adopts historic nuclear weapons ban

The day 122 nations embraced a first-ever ban on atomic weapons was full of emotion and promise.
6 July 2017

Poised to outlaw nuclear weapons for the first time

Thanks to citizen protest and civil society groups, on Friday the United Nations could adopt a historic treaty to ban atomic weapons.
30 June 2017

Hit delete on the "right" to nuclear energy in new weapons ban

The nuclear weapons ban must not endorse atomic energy.
15 June 2017

Women and the ban the bomb movement

Women will be at the forefront of the effort to ban the bomb—as they have been since the dawn of the nuclear age.
15 June 2017

The nuclear weapons ban and the NPT

Ban negotiations haven't undermined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but nuclear-armed nations balk at them nonetheless.
23 May 2017

A first draft of the world's first nuclear weapons ban

On Monday, negotiators unveiled the first draft of a historic UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Here's what it says.
25 April 2017

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

An atomic bomb does vastly more damage than a chemical weapon. Why won't leaders who condemn the latter also condemn the former?
5 April 2017

A ban on nuclear weapons is within sight

Negotiators could reach a global treaty by July 7, say diplomats who participated in the first week of talks.
3 April 2017

What will be in the ban?

Though the states participating in nuclear weapon ban negotiations agree on basic prohibitions, some subjects provoked debate.