Welcome to the Nuclear Abolition Forum: Dialogue on the Process to Achieve and Sustain a Nuclear Weapons-Free World.
The Forum contains a periodical and website to facilitate dialogue between academics, governments, disarmament experts and NGOs on key issues regarding the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons under a Nuclear Weapons Convention or package of agreements, as well as the process to achieving this.
The Forum seeks to include a variety of perspectives rather than advocating any particular approach to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. This could include contributions from those who do not yet believe that nuclear abolition is possible, or who are not yet convinced of the merits of a comprehensive approach. However, attention is given to examining and critiquing the framework for achieving a nuclear weapons-free world rather than focusing solely or primarily on the next immediate steps.
States Parties to the 2010 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference agreed that “All States need to make special efforts to establish the necessary framework to achieve and maintain a world without nuclear weapons,” and noted in this context “the Five-Point Proposal for Nuclear Disarmament of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, which proposes inter alia the consideration of negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention or a framework of separate mutually reinforcing instruments backed by a strong system of verification.”
As such, States have collectively recognized that a focus solely on the next non-proliferation and disarmament steps is no longer sufficient or able to succeed. A comprehensive approach to nuclear disarmament must be developed alongside and complementary to the step-by-step process.
There are of course many challenges that need to be overcome and questions still to be addressed in order for governments to agree to the abolition and elimination of nuclear weapons. This independent forum aims to assist this process by exploring the legal, technical, institutional and political elements for achieving a nuclear weapons free world.
Apart from offering an extensive database of documents dealing with these elements, filed on the website under a variety of category headings, the Forum offers users a variety of interactive features, including the possibility to post articles and comment and initiate and partake in discussions.