This is the first of six papers prepared as a background briefing for the Third Vienna conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons (HINW) from 8 – 9 December 2014.
“The story so far” summarises that decisive multilateral progress toward a nuclear-weapon-free world led by the nuclear-armed states has not been forthcoming since the end of the cold war, as many once expected. Some non-nuclear-armed states have responded by reframing nuclear disarmament debate in terms of the unacceptable humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons, and this perspective has gathered broad political support and momentum. The Vienna conference provides an important opportunity ahead of the 2015 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference to begin to consider potential diplomatic responses to the indiscriminate and catastrophic effects of nuclear violence.
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Ritchie, N 2014, The story so far: the humanitarian initiative on the impacts of nuclear weapons, ILPI-UNIDIR Vienna Conference Series Paper No. 1, HINW, Vienna.