Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention, even though they have the greatest destructive capacity of all weapons. A global ban on nuclear weapons is long overdue and can be achieved in the near future with enough public pressure and political leadership.
This guide examines the stated policies of 195 nations in relation to some form of treaty banning nuclear weapons completely. It draws on statements and votes at the UN and in other international forums; statements by ministers in national parliaments; and correspondence from governments to ICAN.
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.