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How the nuclear weapons ban treaty helped expose disarmament’s weakness on the environment

The recently adopted treaty banning nuclear weapons contains obligations for environmental remediation and assistance for the victims of nuclear weapons' testing and use. This was a significant step for humanitarian disarmament. This paper considers the implications for DU and other toxic remnants of war.
1 August 2017 - ICBUW

How the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Helped Expose Disarmament’s Weakness on the Environment In this new report from Pace University’s International Disarmament Institute and the Toxic Remnants of War Project, ICBUW's Doug Weir, explores the implications of the new Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty for the protection of the environment:

The successful adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in July 2017 was a significant step forward for efforts to stigmatise, and ultimately ban, the final weapon of mass destruction not addressed by a specific legal prohibition. Much has, and will continue to be written on the treaty’s potential impact on ossified state-centric debates about nuclear security. The Humanitarian Initiative on Nuclear Weapons intentionally posed a direct challenge to the rarefied world of nuclear experts and think tanks, particularly those captured by, and actively participating in, the prevailing state security discourse. However, beyond the conflict between the state and human security advocates, there was another story playing out, and it was a story that highlighted the fact that disarmament doesn’t really do “the environment” as effectively as it should. Addressing this weakness would strengthen future humanitarian disarmament initiatives.

To read the full report, click here.