Challenging Nuclear Secrecy: A discussion of hierarchies, ethics and barriers to access in nuclear archives November 29, 2023 at 11:30am - 1pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) UN - Conference Room A UN Headquarters - 405 E 42nd St New York, NY 10017 United States Contact person: Nuclear Truth Project

The Nuclear Truth Project invites you to a special two-part side event.

Part one: Challenging Nuclear Secrecy

We will first hold a discussion on the 2023 report - "Challenging Nuclear Secrecy: A discussion of hierarchies, ethics and barriers to access in nuclear archives."

This report highlights the limitations of nuclear secrecy, and explores issues related to privileged and tiered access. It also invites inquiry into what it will take for affected communities to be at the centre of work to implement Article 6 and 7 of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the Meetings of State Parties and beyond.

Informed by lived experience, the report details three key calls for policy and best practice, urging action both from States and civil society to increase openness, transparency and accountability. This discussion will explore the findings of the report, elaborate on the central calls, and highlight the importance of new approaches to nuclear information sharing for affected communities.

Part two: Voices from the Frontlines

We will then be joined by a panel of affected community members and nuclear survivors sharing their experiences from Frontline communities.  

The lived experiences of those who are impacted by nuclear weapons and related industries can also help inform and illuminate the scientific, cultural and political understandings of nuclear activities. Those with lived experience are knowledge holders and provide expert evidence. 


Hosted by Nuclear Truth Project co-coordinators Pam Kingfisher (USA) and Dimity Hawkins (Australia), the event will hear from Hinamoeura Cross (Ma'ohi Nui) and Jean-Marie Collin (France) on the Challenging Nuclear Secrecy report. Pam will then be in conversation in the Voices from the Frontlines section, with Petuuche Gilbert (Acoma Pueblo), Karina Lester (Australia), Benetick Kabua Maddison (Marshall Islands diaspora) and Bedi Racule (Fiji/Marshall Islands).