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Key Reports about the NPT PrepCom by Reaching Critical Will (RCW)

We wish to highlight the great work by Reaching Critical Will. RCW provided substantive reports about key discussions at the NPT PrepCom.

 

Check out RCW's reports:

NPT News in Review 2018

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Youth Speak Out!

Exciting times at the Prepcom. Young people issued a progressive Youth Appeal to delegates at the NPT PrepCom and shared their views at our  side event, Panel Discussion on the nexus between the Ban Treaty and Article VI of the NPT.

Youth Appeal

On Wednesday morning, Ms. Myrna Nakhla  of PEAC and Ms. Fieke van der Bas of PAX delivered the youth appeal.

Representatives from Abolition 2000 Youth Network, Amplify, INESAP, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Nagasaki Youth Delegation, PAX, and PEAC Institute co-drafted and endorsed the statement. The youth appeal called for states to acknowledge:

Once and for all, that nuclear weapons are a risk to humanity itself. How many more near misses, accidents, political miscalculations and technical missteps can we afford? In a time in which hate speech and fake news increasingly influence and distort our perceptions, we cannot rely on the judgement of a small number of countries to  decide the future--or the end--of our planet. It is thus imperative that leaders come together to create solid regulatory mechanisms, which effectively commit states to “the elimination of all nuclear materials and technology.” This is exactly what the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons can achieve; and this is why it is of the utmost importance for states to promptly sign and ratify the Treaty.

They concluded the youth appeal with a powerful message to states:

We do not want to sit in your seat ten years from now, realising that nothing has changed.  We need you, distinguished diplomats, to not only talk about visions of a world without nuclear weapons, but to actually achieve it. We are looking forward to being your partners in our shared mission of immediately achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

It is high time for states to act and sign and ratify the Ban Treaty. We must all work together to get eliminate nuclear weapons NOW; and not sometime in the future.

Youth MESSAGE:  Disarm now, we look forward to working with you.

PEAC/PAX/Amplify/NAPF Side event: Panel Discussion on the nexus between the Ban Treaty and Article VI

 

At our packed side event, the speakers covered an array of subjects, including the normative framework of Article VI, how the Ban Treaty fulfills Article VI, an assessment of the Ban Treaty, and the roles of young people in both promoting nuclear disarmament and the ban treaty.  Significantly, Selma van Oostward of PAX/Amplify explained "the youth should challenge the current way of thinking about nuclear weapons.”

Click here for a report about our side event!

This event was very timely as there has been an ongoing discussions amongst states on the relationship between the Ban Treaty and Article VI.  Progressive states recognize that  the Ban Treaty unequivocally provides a means for states to prohibit, stigmatize, and eliminate nuclear weapons. 

 

 

 

 

 

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UN Day 1

The first day at the United Nations in Geneva was an unbelievable experience. I never imagined being in this space, amongst diplomats, intellectuals, and politicians. This was a great start to the week and I cannot wait to see what else will occur during the remainder of our time here.

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Day 1 of the 2018 NPT PrepCom

Click to watch! https://youtu.be/d8wqsyB8T_A 

Watch the video to find out what we did on the 1st day of the 2018 NPT PrepCom!

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Opening Day NPT PrepCom

The start of NPT PrepCom conference today in Geneva ensued with a sense of urgency as many NPT members vocalized the need to promote coherent and collaborative initiatives that will lead to disarmament. Furthermore, a common sentiment seemed apparent with regards to today's growing uncertain and complicated security climate and a general consensus that the actions of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are unacceptable as the international community feels a strong need to maintain high pressure on the DPRK since its actions have been deemed to be completely incompatible with the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

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Opening Day at the NPT PrepCom

Today marked the first day of the 2018 NPT PrepCom. Representatives from the Holy See, Thailand, New Zealand, Austria, and Costa Rica, amongst others reaffirmed the importance of the Ban Treaty. They underscored how the Ban Treaty strengthens the NPT, in particularly Article VI. Notably, Ambassador Dell Higgie of New Zealand explained that "Last year, as part of our support for a rules-based international order and consistent with our long-standing commitment to nuclear disarmament, New Zealand lent its support to efforts to put in place a further international agreement in this field - the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in order to supplement efforts within the NPT community to give reality to the obligation regarding nuclear disarmament under Article Vl of the NPT. Such new obligations do not - and cannot as a matter of international law - in any way displace the full span of obligations we already owe to all States Parties under the NPT. New Zealand will continue, as we have for nigh-on 50 years, to fully abide by these (at the same time as we maintain our legitimate expectation that all other Parties will meet theirs, including with respect to Article Vl)." Clearly, it is an exciting time in which states should embrace the ban treaty, a powerful instrument that fulfills the promise set forth in the Article VI.

Sadly, the U.S. continued to argue that "ultimate goal of nuclear disarmament can only feasibly be addressed as a real-world policy problem in the context of the overall security environment. Unfortunately, deteriorating security conditions have made near-term prospects for progress on disarmament bleak." How long must we wait? When we will have a security environment that is conducive to engage in discussions on nuclear disarmament. We cannot wait for some time in the unforeseen future.  States must sign and ratify the Ban Treaty!

If we were to wait longer for the NWS to feel comfortable about disarming its weapons, we will be here forever.  Even worse, trillions of dollars will be spent on modernizing nuclear weapons. Already, as specified by the Holy See, "the arms race, the modernization and development of nuclear arsenals, infrastructure and delivery systems, deny the poor and disadvantaged of the resources needed to reduce poverty and to foster integral human development. Imagine if all the resources that have been squandered and that are being poured into the modernization and maintenance of nuclear weapons could be invested in addressing poverty, inequality, injustice, education, health and environmental degradation!"

As I reflect about the first day of negotiations, I realize that we must take action! We need to encourage states to embrace the ban treaty and move forward instead of simply waiting for the correct environment for the NWS to disarm their weapons.

That's all for now!

Looking forward to day 2 of the NPT PrepCom!

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First Day of 2018 NPT PrepCom

Interesting first day watching the opening session and general debates!

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Exploring Geneva with the Team!

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Finally met with the entire PEAC team today! Shortly after our meeting, we headed out into the city where we ate Lebanese food, got onto a boat and explored the parks around the Jet d'Eau. Geneva is a beautiful city surrounded by picturesque snow peak mountains and I cannot wait to explore more with my friends.

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We're Gettin Ready!

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Looking over some of our past events at the UN as we prepare to go to Geneva. We're so excited to bring 15 students with us! They will participate in creating the 2018 Youth Appeal to be presented during the NGO session. We have students and team members from all over the world joining us. The first team member takes off on Tuesday and we all meet, some of us for the first time, Friday, April 20th.

Check back - we'll have updates from all the participants right here!

 

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IS THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM THE ONLY WAY?

Not All Opportunity Can Be Found On the Streets of NYC?  Is that just me or an ideology?

            Growing up in a family that started with nothing, it is easy to see that life is hard and that strife is something that geared my family, more specifically, my grandfather, to be something greater. As a young adult, my grandfather grew up without a family and no one to help him better his education.  He refused to take out loans; he feared the very idea of debt especially at such a young age.  He attempted a four-year degree but quickly realized that there is more to life than just sitting behind a desk crunching numbers—that’s what everyone was going for.  My grandfather decided to go towards the unorthodox route and make himself successful in a realm that was viewed as less than middle class; he decided to become a tradesman, a good one at that.  Roberson Scrap is the establishment my grandfather created from the pennies he had in his pocket and the notion that opportunity would guide him into the best economic state.  Scrapping metal isn’t a career that kids dream about.  Kids dream to become the President of the United States, to become astronauts, or to become famous architects.  Instead, my grandfather decided to chase an opportunity rather than a dream, an opportunity that set himself apart from many in his age group.  Could it be that viewing some work as insignificant could deter young people from a genuine opportunity?

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Take the Pledge!