• "the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, and in particular the principles and rules of humanitarian law"

    International Court of Justice 

Why Pledge?

  • Nuclear weapons are uncontrollable in space and time. They are machines designed for mass killing. See what a nuclear strike would do to your neighbourhood.
  • Anyone using nuclear weapons would cause unspeakable suffering. The environmental and climate effects of even a “limited” nuclear war would be globally devastating.
  • Nuclear weapons are still a threat. Long after the Cold War is over 7,000 warheads are primed for launch at this very moment.  A small minority of countries is holding the rest of us to ransom.
  • We are being intolerably reckless. People, not robots are in charge. And people can make stupid decisions under stress. Human beings cannot be trusted with these awesome devices. Some glitch in the control or warning system could set off an uncontrollable catastrophe. We know of more than one near disaster. Watch this video for more.
  • Arms Control” – trying to contain nuclear weapons and stop their spread – is not good enough; only a total ban will do.
  • Nuclear weapons are indiscriminate and no one can predict their effects. Using even a single nuclear weapon would be a war crime, not just unlawful. Nuclear weapons must respect the law.

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From the Chair’s Summary

… we need to take into account that, in the past, weapons have been eliminated after they have been outlawed. We believe this is the path to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.
In our view, this is consistent with our obligations under international law, including those derived from the NPT as well as from Common Article 1 to the Geneva Conventions.
The broad-based and comprehensive discussions on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons should lead to the commitment of States and civil society to reach new international standards and norms, through a legally binding instrument.

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