Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet categorically prohibited under international law, even though they have the greatest destructive capacity of all weapons. A global prohibition on nuclear weapons is long overdue and must be achieved without further delay.
Negotiations for a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons began at the United Nations in New York in March 2017. The vast majority of UN member states are participating in the groundbreaking initiative. However, a small handful cling to the misguided belief that nuclear weapons are legitimate.
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.