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UN Nuclear Modernization Under President Trump: Implications for the Ban Treaty Process

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Tri-Valley CAREs will send its Executive Director, Marylia Kelley, to the United Nations in New York to support negotiations to achieve a nuclear weapon “ban treaty.” A successful conclusion will serve to advance the global elimination of nuclear weapons envisaged by the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

On March 27 to March 31, the UN will convene negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination,” popularly called the ban treaty. A second round of negotiations has been scheduled later in the year, from June 15 to July 7. The ban treaty would place nuclear weapons on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction, which have long been outlawed.

Negotiations will include participation of governments, international organizations and other civil society representatives including Tri-Valley CAREs. Kelley will join a large delegation from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), of which we are a member group. She will conduct meetings and support the non-nuclear weapons states that are leading the ban treaty efforts over the objection of the US and other nuclear possessor states.

And, on Tuesday, March 28, Kelley will take part in a panel presentation on the time-critical topic of US nuclear weapons policy and its implication for the ban treaty process. Please come if you will be at the United Nations (badge required), and please share with others who may be interested.