Nuclear Abolition Forum

For the third core project, the WFC together with the Albert Schweitzer Institute, Global Security Institute (GSI), International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP), International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), Middle Powers Initiative (MPI) and Pugwash (Canada and Denmark branches), developed a periodical (available as hard-copy and online PDF) and website entitled the Nuclear Abolition Forum: Dialogue on the Process to Achieve and Sustain a Nuclear Weapon-Free World, to foster dialogue between academics, governments, disarmament experts and NGOs on key issues and elements (technical, legal, institutional and political) for achieving and sustaining a world free of nuclear weapons.

Developed by WFC Councillor Alyn Ware, the Forum is steered by a Board of Editors with representatives from the co-sponsoring organizations and is able to rely on about 70 high-level consultants to ensure quality contributions. The Forum is hosted by the WFC’s London Office, and WFC Disarmament Programme Coordinator Rob van Riet serves as its Director.

UN High-Representative on Disarmament Affairs, Sergio Duarte

The Forum was launched in October 2011 in New York alongside the release of the periodical’s inaugural issue, which has as its theme the application of international humanitarian law to nuclear weapons. High-level speakers at the event included Sergio Duarte, the UN High-Representative on Disarmament Affairs. The first issue offers a variety of perspectives on international humanitarian law (IHL) and nuclear weapons, including the development of IHL since the 1996 International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, the current state of the law with regard to use, threat and possession of nuclear weapons, the lessons that could be learnt from the bans on cluster munitions and landmines, and the law of nuclear weapons in the broader context of international law development. The second issue, released in April 2013, focuses on Moving Beyond Nuclear Deterrence to a Nuclear Weapons Free World.

You can download a notice of the launch-event here

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