Disarmament Roads More Heavily Traveled


January 2015| Santiago, Chile

As readers of this space over the years are well aware, GAPW has a longstanding commitment to eliminating nuclear weapons, thus ending the stranglehold of such weapons on the security policies of possessor states.

Our work in this area has been mostly inspired by the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP), though we have contributed to discussions on nuclear weapons modernization with Reaching Critical Will, on weapons of mass destruction-free zones with the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL), and on several inter-related security matters. We have also followed with interest recent discussions on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons as well as on an LCNP-supported suit filed with the International Court of Justice by the Marshall Islands whose residents suffered greatly from extensive above-ground nuclear testing in their region during and after WW II.

As we approach another installment of the UN Disarmament Commission in April and a review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty process in May, several states are organizing strategy sessions to look at possible outcomes and obstacles.   One such session occurred recently in Santiago in the country (Chile) currently serving as Security Council president.  The event, “Roads to Nuclear Disarmament:  A Case of Convergence in Diversity,” brought together Chilean diplomats, UN disarmament officials and key policymakers.  LCNP’s John Burroughs was asked to make a presentation at the panel focused on “Humanitarian Approaches to Nuclear Weapons” in which he raises the bar on ‘good faith’ nuclear negotiations.

With guidance from LCNP and other partners, GAPW will continue to weigh in where we can, as states deliberate and negotiate – mostly fitfully – towards a world without nuclear weapons.

For more information on the Chile event, click here.

For access to the paper by LCNP’s John Burroughs, click here.