This is a very exciting week for humanitarian disarmament. The United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination started on Monday March 27th.
It is amazing to see history being made yet again. At MAC, we want to ensure that this new treaty builds on past humanitarian disarmament success. With that goal in mind, we have released two new papers applying the lessons learned about victim rights and victim assistance in the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines and the Convention on Cluster Munitions to a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.
The Working Paper was submitted to the negotiating conference for consideration by all participating states. It will also be available on the United Nations website shortly.
We have also published a Frequently Asked Questions to help campaigners and others advocate for strong provisions on victim assistance in the treaty.
We hope that these documents will be useful. For more on the negotiations please follow our friends the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the hashtag #nuclearban.