Nuclear weapons are the most inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created. They violate international law, cause severe environmental damage, undermine national and global security, and divert vast public resources away from meeting human needs. A universal ban is long overdue.
Three in four governments support negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons, and opinion polls show overwhelming public support. A nuclear weapons ban is the centrepiece of the UN Secretary-General’s disarmament action plan and a top priority for the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.