The United Nations’ General Assembly just formally adopted four resolutions that peace campaigners, including RfP, have been working hard on in the last quarter of 2015:
• “The Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons”
• Yes: 144; No: 18; Abstain: 22
• “The Humanitarian Pledge for the Prohibition and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons”:
• Yes: 139; No: 29; Abstain: 17
• “Ethical Imperatives for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World”
• Yes: 132; No: 36; Abstain: 16
• “Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations”.
• Yes: 138; No: 12; Abstain: 34
It’s disappointing that the UK was in a minority of countries which voted against all four resolutions. It’s also disappointing that the UK, rather than leading on multilateral disarmament, seems rather more intent on blocking the progress on nuclear disarmament that a majority of countries are trying to push through.
Along with International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), RfP will continue to stress the humanitarian and ethical concerns over nuclear weapons.
ICAN’s website for further reading: