Newsletter August2023

Toward A Nuclear Free World
Toward A Nuclear Free World

African Connection of Atom Bomb That Destroyed Hiroshima

Image source: UNFOLD ZERO - Photo: 2023

By Lisa Vives, Global Information Network

NEW YORK. 24 August 2023 (IDN) — This month marks the anniversary of the first use of an atomic bomb, developed in the U.S. and dropped on a Japanese city to deadly effect.

Little is known, however, of the African connection to this deadly weapon—namely the use of uranium in making the bomb and subsequent atomic weapons —all of the mineral sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. > Read more

It’s Time for No-First Use as Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight

By Aurora Weiss
VIENNA. 11 August 2023 (IDN) — At the two-week-long Preparatory Committee meeting here for the 2026 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai International (SGI)—in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)—and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation organized a side event. (P 15) ITALIAN JAPANESE 
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The Erosion of The International Arms Control Regimes

By Sergio Duarte
The writer is an Ambassador, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, and President of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.
NEW YORK. 9 August 2023 (IDN) — Nuclear weapons burst into the international scenario 21 days after the signature of the Charter of the United Nations. For that chronological reason, the Charter does not mention nuclear weapons. (P 14) INDONESIAN |  JAPANESE | KOREAN
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Bypasses Gender Parity

By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS. 9 August 2023 (IDN) — The United Nations has been a vociferous and longstanding advocate of gender empowerment in its political, social and economic agenda characterized by 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including poverty and hunger eradication, quality education, human rights and climate change.
But it has remained relatively silent on the yawning gender disparity on the campaign for nuclear disarmament, which has been overwhelmingly dominated by men. (P13)  JAPANESE THAI | TURKISH

Kazakhstan Continues to Suffer Awful Impact of Nuclear Tests

By Aurora Weiss
VIENNA. 4 August 2023 (IDN) — The Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan, along with Japan and other Pacific Island states, is one of the most challenging in terms of the consequences of testing or use of nuclear weapons. Being a young state, Kazakhstan is facing a very heavy heritage and its difficult legacy. (P 12) HINDI | JAPANESE

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