Past Event: “Assisting Victims and Remediating the Environment – Putting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons into Action”

Side Event for UNGA First Committee
12 October 2017 13:15 – 14:45
Conference Room A, UN Headquarters

Left to right: Elizabeth Minor (Article 36), H.E. Ms. Pennelope Beckles (Permanent Representative of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN), Bonnie Docherty (International Human Rights Clinic Harvard Law School)

In July 2017, when 122 states adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), they also agreed on a number of positive obligations for states parties. The positive obligations comprise victim assistance, environmental remediation and international cooperation. While such commitments are unprecedented in an international agreement on nuclear weapons, they were informed by provisions and practice in previous treaties prohibiting anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions. This side event explored what the implementation of these provisions will mean for states that will be party to the TPNW, and steps that should be taken in the run up to and following its entry in to force. For further information contact Volker Lehmann, FES New York Senior Policy Analyst:

Background Paper

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