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Endorse the objectives and UN negotiations for a legally binding international nuclear weapons ban treaty

  • Proposed by: Green Party of England and Wales, Austrian Greens
  • Adopted by the 4th Global Greens Congress, Liverpool 2017

Preamble:

The United Nations commenced negotiations on 27 March 2017 on a "legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination", i.e. a global nuclear weapons ban treaty, pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/71/258 on taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations. At least 119 UN Member States participated in this first week, but a number of nuclear-armed and nuclear-dependent states (notably NATO and US nuclear allies) joined the US ambassador's protest in front of the UN General Assembly to announce their refusal to participate in the UN negotiations on this treaty.

Operative Text:

In view of the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons use, accidents, production and development, the Green Partis represented at the 2017 Global Greens Congress:

1) Endorse the objectives and UN negotiations for a legally binding international nuclear weapons ban treaty;

2) Call on all governments to participate constructively in the negotiations until a strong nuclear ban treaty is concluded under International Humanitarian Law, and to facilitate its adoption, signature, and entry into force;

3) Call for elected representatives – parliamentarians and mayours, as appropriate – to be included on governmental delegations and represented when the UN negotiations resume on 15 June 2017, and until they are effectively concluded.

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