World’s Nuke Arsenal Declines Haltingly While Modernisation Rises Rapidly

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, held by nine states, just got a little smaller. But modernisation continues to rise rapidly, warns the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in its annual 2015 Yearbook released June 15. [P13] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Nuclear Weapons Free World No Lost Cause


 BERLIN | NEW YORK (IDN) – The forthcoming 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August is an appropriate occasion to start developing a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons. This, according to experts, is the distinct message emerging from the four-week long United Nations conference, which ended without an outcome document on May 22. [P12] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists


UNITED NATIONS, May 23 2015 (IPS) - After nearly four weeks of negotiations, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended in a predictable outcome: a text overwhelmingly reflecting the views and interests of the nuclear-armed states and some of their nuclear-dependent allies. [P11] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Opinion: Universalisation and Strengthening Nuke Treaty Review Need to be Qualitative

NEW YORK (IPS) - “Strengthening the Review Process” and “Universalisation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty” (NPT) are distinctly substantive issues, that require consideration with their specificities in view. [P10] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Q&A: Nuclear Disarmament a Non-Starter, “But I Would Love to Be Proven Wrong”


Interview with Dr Jennifer Allen Simons, Founder and President of the Simons Foundation, dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Albert Einstein, the internationally-renowned physicist who developed the theory of relativity, once famously remarked: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Perhaps Einstein visualised a nuclear annihilation in the next world war, with disastrous consequences in its aftermath: humanity going back to the Stone Age. [P09] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Faith-Based Organisations Warn of Impending Nuclear Disaster


UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As the month-long review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) continued into its second week, a coalition of some 50 faith-based organisations (FBOs), anti-nuclear peace activists and civil society organisations (CSOs) was assigned an unenviable task: a brief three-minute presentation warning the world of the disastrous humanitarian consequences of a nuclear attack. [P08] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF  | SPANISH | SWEDISH

Q&A: Comprehensive Ban on Nuclear Testing, a ‘Stepping Stone’ to a Nuke-Free World

Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO)


UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - With the four-week-long review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) underway at the United Nations, hopes and frustrations are running equally high, as a binding political agreement on the biggest threat to humanity hangs in the balance. [P07] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Nuclear Testing Legacy Haunts Pacific Island Countries


SUVA, Fiji (IDN) - Prominent Pacific Island anti-nuclear campaigners want a revival of their once-robust movement to support the international effort against ‘nuclearism’. Their call coincides with a major international meeting at the United Nations in New York – the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) from April 27 to May 22, 2015. [P06] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

No Signs Yet Of Mass Destruction Weapon-Free Middle East


BERLIN (IDN) – In run-up to the four-week-long quinquennial review of the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the goal of a Middle East free of the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery remains a distant dream. And so does the Helsinki Conference that should have been convened in December 2012. [P05] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDFNORWEGIAN

U.N. Warns of Growing Divide Between Nuclear Haves and Have-Nots


UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As she prepared to leave office after more than three years, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane painted a dismal picture of a conflicted world: it is “not the best of times for disarmament.” [P04] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDFPORTUGUESE