A Burst of Sunshine in a Stormy Sky : in 2017 the UN will convene negotiations for the banning of nuclear weapons A historic turning-point
Published in French on 24 December 2016
On Friday evening, 23 December 2016 in New York, two days before Christmas and despite a late hour, the UN General Assembly in plenary session adopted Resolution L41, which had been passed in committee in 27 October. There were 113 votes in favour, 35 against and 13 abstentions. . This resolution « to advance multilateral nuclear disarmament » convenes in 2017 in New York « a UN conference tasked with negotiating a legally binding instrument to ban (...)
International support to a French referendum on the abolition of nuclear weapons
Since 27 October 2016, the abolition of nuclear arms is on the agenda of the UN. But France, as well as the US, UK and Russia did vote against the convening in 2017 of a Conference to negotiate a Ban Treaty of nuclear weapons. But there is a hope to change this position.
Today, at the same time when Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump commit to strenthening their nuclear forces, 110 French MPs and senators are calling for a referendum on this question, which has never been debated by the (...)
27 October 2016: the day when the big reversal in history became possible
Published in French 29 October 2016
What a fantastic day. It will count as a red letter day in contemporary history – indeed in world history.
Ever since 6 August 1945, the first time an atom bomb was exploded “on a populous city” and by itself, in an instant, caused tens of thousands of deaths, humankind has been living haunted by a possible apocalypse, with the feeling that we might never end to this age of nuclear terror.
But this 27 October 2016 saw three events occur successively in (...)