Newsletter September2023

Toward A Nuclear Free World
Toward A Nuclear Free World

French Polynesia wants France to join the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty
By Jaya Ramachandran
GENEVA. 29 September 2023 (IDN) — In a historic move, the assembly of French Polynesia unanimously adopted in Papeetē a resolution on 28 September, supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), highlighting the region’s history as the site of numerous French nuclear tests between 1966 and 1996, reports the 2017 Nobel Peace laureate ICAN.
Nuclear Annihilation: A Haunting Reality of the Future
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS. 26 September 2023 (IDN) — When the United Nations commemorated the 10th anniversary of International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the President of the General Assembly, Dennis Francis, was dead on target when he warned that the risk of nuclear annihilation “is not a chapter from our past; it is a haunting reality of our present”. (P 19) CHINESE | JAPANESE | NORWEGIAN

Clarion Call for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons
By Ramesh Jaura BERLIN. 19 September 2023 (IDN) — Mark* is 28 years. Like him, those in their twenties believed that atomic bombs, which the United States dropped over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, belonged to a remote past. However, since Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to deploy nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war, they ponder why Germany—united since the Berlin Wall crumbled in 1989—”should not make nuclear weapons.” (P18) FRENCH | GERMAN | JAPANESE

Banish Nuclear Weapons ‘to History Books, Once and for All’, Urges UN Chief
Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, observed on 26 September.
UNITED NATIONS. 15 September 2023 (IDN | UN) — The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons reminds us that a peaceful future depends on ending the nuclear threat.

Kazakhstan Committed to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World
By Katsuhiro Asagiri and Kunsaya Kurmet-Rakhimova*
ASTANA. 10 September 2023 (IDN) — The Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan is playing a key role in implementing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)—as the designated president of the third meeting of states parties of the TPNW, and the co-chair of the working group on victim assistance and environmental remediation—alongside another state affected by nuclear tests, Kiribati.

Contentious Preparations for the 2026 NPT Review Conference
Analysis by Sergio Duarte
The writer is an Ambassador, a former High Representative of the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs., and President of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.
NEW YORK. 7 September 2023 (IDN) — The preparatory cycle for each Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was established at the Review and Extension Conference as one of the elements that made possible agreement on the indefinite extension of the Treaty. (P17) JAPANESE  | KOREAN
US Accused of Double Standards at the UN Security Council
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS. 6 September 2023 (IDN) — As North Korea continues to defy the Security Council, it has made a mockery of one of the most powerful political bodies at the UN—openly violating its resolutions with monotonous regularity.The violations have triggered strong condemnations by the US, the Group of 7 (G7) and Secretary-General António Guterres.

From Nagasaki to Vienna: Youth Advocates for a Nuclear-Free FutureBy Mitsunobu Takahashi
*VIENNA. 5 September 2023 (IDN) — The first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2026 NPT Review Conference was convened from 31 July until 11 August at the Vienna International Centre in Austria. This was my first time to attend such an international conference at the United Nations.   

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