Abolish Nuclear Weapons

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A sample letter to send to your UN ambassador

Dear Madam / Sir,


On 27 October 2016 at the United Nations, governments voted overwhelming voted in favor of a resolution to start negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons, known as “L.41: Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations”.


The adoption of this historic resolution means that the United Nations will convene negotiations in 2017 for a new legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons. This is a great step forward for the prospects for nuclear disarmament. 


Over the last year, an overwhelming majority of states have expressed support for starting negotiations to prohibit nuclear weapons, even without the participation of the nuclear-armed states.


International tensions are increasing, and have lead to an increasingly hostile rhetoric surrounding nuclear weapons. Despite commitments under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the nuclear armed states seem intent to modernize and retain their nuclear arsenals indefinitely, at great global risk.


But a ban on nuclear weapons will establish an international norm against the possession of nuclear weapons, which will help to reduce the perceived value of such weapons. 


Past processes suggest that a ban treaty would affect the behavior even of those states outside the treaty. It will draw the line between those states that believe nuclear weapons are unacceptable and illegitimate, and those states that believe nuclear weapons are legitimate and able to provide security. This pressure would influence other international forums, as well as debates at national level.


I therefore urge you to confirm your government’s intent to participate actively and constructively in these negotiations with the goal of adopting a robust treaty that prohibits nuclear weapons. And I hope you will encourage other governments to do the same. 


I wish you the best of luck in the work to prohibit nuclear weapons. Be assured that people from all over the world will stand with you in this most important and urgent endeavor.


Yours sincerely,

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