|The United Nations negotiations for a legally binding agreement on the prohibition of nuclear weapons have moved into the next (and possibly penultimate) stage.
On May 22, Ambassador Whyte Gómez (Costa Rica), the President of the UN negotiating conference, released a draft of the treaty.
As expected the draft treaty outlines general obligations that would prohibited States parties to the treaty from developing, producing, acquiring, possessing, testing or using nuclear weapons.
The draft treaty also requires states parties to accept safeguards on nuclear energy facilities, with a view to preventing diversion of nuclear energy from peaceful uses to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.
The ban treaty and financing of nuclear weapons production
The nuclear weapons industry is one of the most powerful drivers behind, and one of the few beneficiaries of, the continuing the nuclear arms race.
This industry is supported by many non-nuclear States, whose public funds and banks invest in the corporations making nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. As such, UNFOLD ZERO has proposed that the nuclear ban treaty include a specific prohibition on the financing of nuclear weapons.