Live Blog and Takeaways
it's a wrap! the documents were adopted, the action plan in place.
Ireland, one of the originators of the NPT and Thailand, will be responsible for the working group on complementarity to work during the inter-sessional period for the TPNW. Congratulations!
As we move into the next section, a little reminder of why we're here and why it's so very important.
The nuclear weapons wielded by a handful of countries cannot jeopardize life on our planet.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) June 22, 2022
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a major step towards a world without nuclear weapons.
Let’s eliminate these weapons before they eliminate us. https://t.co/DciZ3CQNC8
Ireland and Thailand emphasize the complementary nature of the TPNW and the NPT
States just agreed to set up a Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for the treaty- with nominations due in 90 days.
Excellent to hear #UN States Parties to the #TPNW1MSP discuss +adopt decision to establish a Scientific Advisory Group of 10-15 people with relevant expertise, gender +geographic balance to advise on meeting institutional + verification needs as #nuclearban #TPNW develops. pic.twitter.com/4P1OaKpt60— Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy (@AcronymInst) June 23, 2022
Final day of the 1MSP! Draft decisions and an action plan are up for discussion.
MSP TV - morning edition 23 June 2022 https://t.co/P6wFv71v6f— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 23, 2022
#CookIslands calls victim assistance & environmental remediation bring "a human face & human heart" to #TPNW. Recalls being "sandwiched" between two nuclear test sites (in Kiribati and Fr. Polynesia) & their strong "collective action" to end nuclear testing #TPNW1MSP #nuclearban— Matthew Breay Bolton (@politicalmines) June 22, 2022
Thunderous applause after Association 193 concludes their remarks
Léna Normand of @Association193 speaks of the "...poisoned heritage left for Polynesians by the French State..." @pangmedia@YoungsolwaraP @lotupasifika #PacificAt1MSP #NewClearWays #TPNW1MSP #NuclearBan #NuclearFreeAndIndependentPacific #MyFishIsYourFish pic.twitter.com/cLtbJkp6hr— Epeli V (@EpeliLesuma) June 22, 2022
Decision on the deadline for disarmament is decided! 10 years (once a nuclear armed country joins the treaty).
Of course the discussion about nuclear disarmament is not limited to this room alone- there's also quite a lot going on around the world.
During the historical #NuclearBanWeek, a new episode of #NuclearPepTalk is dedicated to the #TPNW and the work of @nuclearban. @FloEblenkamp talks about Nuclear Ban Treaty, why nuclear disarmament is important to each of us & how you can contribute!— Ksenia Pirnavskaia (@pirnavskaia) June 22, 2022
'There is a huge air of positivity around the progress and sense of purpose people have here'@stemplemanmp joined us this morning from to brief the Aust public of day one of observing at #1MSPTPNW pic.twitter.com/0ibFQwtWuP— ICAN Australia (@ican_australia) June 22, 2022
How long does it take to disarm? This is a question that the MSP is dealing with- and the proposal is, based on all available technical and scientific data, that all the nuclear weapons can be safely, securely, and verifiably disarmed in a decade. The facilities for nuclear weapon dismantlement already exist, so nuclear - armed states can start now.
Ambassador of Kiribati gets the room's energy up with a rousing plea for us to come together.
At the #TPNW1MSP, @Kiribati_Govt feels that coming to the TPNW with divided mentalities will make it harder to move forward, and instead should come together as “brothers and sisters of one mentality” and talk to each other without guilt.— NAPF New York (@napfnewyork) June 22, 2022
Back from lunch and a powerful statement bringing us together in the room.
144 faith-based groups worldwide delivered a joint interfaith statement welcoming #tpnw1msp as “historic occasion” & “milestone that moves us closer to universalization”, notes the anxiety caused by nuclear armed states & urgent existential threats #nuclearban #tpnw— Emily Welty (@EmilyWelty) June 22, 2022
So many side events taking place at the same time!
@JaneneYazzie highlights the importance of including the voices of affected communities in nuclear disarmament. The Nuclear Truth Project has developed 'Protocols for for Seeking Nuclear Truth with Integrity' based on rights, respect and reciprocity: https://t.co/gUIR5sBoen— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 22, 2022
In the #TPNW1MSP side event on gender responsive disarmament, @INakamitsu draws attention to gender roles, concepts of power and masculinity in relation to nuclear weapons which can help us to better understand the drivers behind proliferation. #nuclearban #TPNW pic.twitter.com/AAp3x8tZ9g— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 22, 2022
We just presented a new @UNIDIR report at #TPNW1MSP. We looked at the power politics of nuclear disarmament verification, role of technical tools, secrecy, cooperation https://t.co/RfiU1ASGZF pic.twitter.com/m7M2XT2BGs— Pavel Podvig (@russianforces) June 22, 2022
ICAN's Tim Wright calls on states to use the opportunity of the High Level Segment at UN General Assembly to sign the treaty or deposit the instrument of ratification as a way to universalise the treaty.
Cuba comes to the Universalisation debate with more than a handful of suggestions:
- National declarations on the anniversaries of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to call for TPNW universalisation.
- Statements made at the NPT should refer positively to the TPNW.
- on 26 September, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons- issue a statement on behalf of all Member States
- Include reference to the necessity for universalistaion of the TPNW in the Head of State and Government statements to the High Level Segment of the UNGA in September.
- On years where there is no MSP, have an informal meeting at UNHQ of all Members
- Ensure that the annual UNGA resolution on the TPNW is co-sponsored by all States Parties
Veronique Chistory from ICRC presenting the ways and means the ICRC seeks to support states in efforts to ratify and implement the treaty.
Costa Rica is laying out the plan to get to Treaty Universalisation- including through broad stakeholder cooperation.
And the general debate is concluded, with some strong statements from the stakeholders everyone keeps asking to get involved, but don't always want to listen to.....
Strong joint youth statement during #TPNW1MSP:— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 22, 2022
"Our future is not guaranteed until all nuclear-armed states are held accountable. We, the leaders
of today, are committed in the work towards establishing a world free of nuclear weapons." #youth4tpnw #nuclearban pic.twitter.com/Fo6JbJV8B3
And we're off- day two has begun with a continuation of the general debate. Find the list of speakers here. MSP-TV this morning provided a quick catch-up to some of the major events of yesterday.
It's day two of #TPNW1MSP and @Leo_Axt is talking through yesterday's highlights and what to expect today with @PatriciaMary of Chatham House, ICAN's @susisnyder and Ugo Biggeri of @EticaSgr #nuclearban https://t.co/BMlNEQ7Yg7— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 22, 2022
The first day of the MSP is concluded, thanks to everyone for getting us off to such an amazing start!
Parliamentarians for the TPNW take the floor and issue a joint statement resulting from their conference yesterday.
Parliamentarians play a key role in advancing nuclear disarmament under the #TPNW, especially in countries where governments are not yet supportive. On behalf of Parliamentarians for the TPNW, @spellerberg_m, reaffirmed dedication to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons! pic.twitter.com/I2RjS4NYf8— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 21, 2022
ICAN's nuclear testing map is live!
1/ “We believe that justice delayed is justice denied and we (survivors) have been denied justice for far too long.” -Bernice Gutierrez.— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 21, 2022
The time to listen to survivors, eliminate these weapons for good and serve justice is now.
➡️https://t.co/dATL4jBGSX#nuclearban #TPNW1MSP pic.twitter.com/dUcpsXuumf
Nagasaki Mayor takes the floor, reaffirming the important role of ALL stakeholders in preparing for a world without nuclear weapons.
Something I didn't know before following nuclear disarmament politics: municipal actors (especially organized in networks) can have quite an impact on international affairs! Here you see the representative of @MayorsforPeace giving his statement at #TPNW1MSP pic.twitter.com/wrEFpJc0pZ— Katharina von Busch (@KathavonBusch) June 21, 2022
And we're back from a lot of different side events over lunch. What's going to happen this afternoon?
This afternoon as the second half of statements on the #TPNW1MSP commences, we are curious to hear from observers who are nuclear umbrella states such as Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. Will they elaborate on their status? Will they move closer to joining the #TPNW?— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 21, 2022
Press conference on the margins of the meeting in the lunch pause.
Opening day press conference of #TPNW1MSP with the President @alexanderkmentt and ICAN's @BeaFihn— Sakura Ewing (@sakuraewing) June 21, 2022
33 observers are participating and several more are trying to still register.@BeaFihn: "It is not too late until the meeting closes to show up." pic.twitter.com/sAVYHwzTPk
The first civil society statement was delivered by Etica Investments, and called for States Parties to support.
Peru is taking the floor, and the list of speakers has started. Check out the live list here.
We've heard from Ministers and Heads of State who demand action, and accountability and a path forward provided by the TPNW.
Congratulations to @Sec_TimorLeste 🇹🇱 for ratifying the nuclear ban treaty #TPNW today. @AdaljizaM spoke today on the first day of #1MSP: we must eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us. #nuclearbanweek @nuclearban 🇹🇱🇹🇱🇹🇱 pic.twitter.com/YEzUDRGeD4— IPPNW (@IPPNW) June 21, 2022
The money spent on nuclear weapons is what the developed nations were promised to help with sustainable development. Prime Minister of Fiji
"Without the voices of survivors we would not be here, and we would not have a TPNW" says Conference President Kmentt in response to the statement of testing survivor from Kazakhstan Karipbek Kuyukov.
Artist and #nuclear testing survivor from Kazakhstan Karipbek Kuyukov gives a powerful and heartbreaking testimony of life near the Semey site and devastating impact of testing. #TPNW1MSP #TPNW " pic.twitter.com/CuFqOUo6Ki— Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova (@GaukharM) June 21, 2022
What we have prohibited, we must now work to eliminate. ICAN's Beatrice Fihn says during her opening remarks.
During the opening session of the #TPNW1MSP, @BeaFihn reminds us that “there is no time to be lost. What we have prohibited, we must now work to eliminate”. ICAN stands ready for the long road ahead. #nuclearban pic.twitter.com/ji9MKFzAC9— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 21, 2022
“In the face of skepticism and doubt…in the face of bitter and sometimes underhanded opposition, you closed the legal gap to ban nuclear weapons” @BeaFihn thanking delegates on behalf of @nuclearban #TPNW1MSP #nuclearban pic.twitter.com/XRTgO7moFd— Emily Welty (@EmilyWelty) June 21, 2022
Those survivors whose testimonies have informed and educated so many, we owe this treaty to them.
UN Secretary General sent a video message to the opening of the conference, noting we must stop knocking at doomsday's door, the TPNW is an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons, and that we must eliminate these weapons before they eliminate us.
It's on! The First Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW has officially begun. It started with the election of the President of the Conference, Ambassador Alexander Kmentt. Congratulations on your election, Ambassador Kmentt!
Austria's @alexanderkmentt has been formally and unanimously elected president of the #TPNW1MSP. He says we are "on the cusp of a new nuclear arms race, with virtually all the indicators pointing in the wrong direction, except our Treaty". pic.twitter.com/N6pSsxvKYX— Marie McInerney (@mariemcinerney) June 21, 2022
Campaigner briefing! Getting the energy up and remembering what we're here for- to end nuclear weapons forever.
Team Reaching Critical Will is providing daily updates of the 1MSP
Today we're at the historic First Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a groundbreaking tool for nuclear abolition. Check out our Nuclear Ban Daily below and subscribe at https://t.co/HKiQ8LoPbO to follow along! #NuclearBan #TPNW1MSP https://t.co/tqsg6lOhHo pic.twitter.com/mqhnI6C7wr— Reaching Critical Will (@RCW_) June 21, 2022
11:45 PM 20/6
Amazing! We just got confirmation from the Office of Legal Affairs, there are three new States Parties to the TPNW.
Great news!🎉 THREE countries, Cabo Verde, Grenada, and Timor-Leste, have just ratified the #nuclearban treaty! On the evening before the first Meeting of States Parties begins, the TPNW now has 65 states parties! #TPNW1MSP— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 20, 2022
Read more here: https://t.co/4HMIVRhCCa pic.twitter.com/95S8jOaMCn
6:15 PM 20/6
Thank you Austria!
5:35 PM 20/6
History matters, geography matters.
3:44 PM 20/6
When we look to provide assistance to affected communities, we need to think about more than just medical assistance. Those impacted are often in under-developed areas, and so we need to consider socio-economic issues as well. We cannot talk about nuclear weapons without talking about the humanitarian impact- its the minimum we can do.
@tkassenova at #HINW2022 outlines pernicious impact of Soviet #nuclearweapons tests in #Kazakhstan, including serious health effects and secrecy. Notes the importance of the victim assistance law, but outlines ongoing concerns #tpnw #nuclearban pic.twitter.com/E713EeYcgC— Matthew Breay Bolton (@politicalmines) June 20, 2022
3:15 PM 20/6
After hearing from survivors this morning and then talking about risks before lunch, now we're taking a deep dive into the physical and climate impacts of nuclear weapons.
It seems impossible, until we look back and it seemed inevitable.
Address by John Polanyi - 1986 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry at #HINW22— Ben Donaldson (@benaldson) June 20, 2022
He warns against elevating doctrine over truth. Says arming is a race to the bottom and defies logic and we will not tolerate arms races.#nuclearban week pic.twitter.com/jMqWTfGThi
Risks, uncertainties, and impacts- that's what drives action to eliminate nuclear weapons. The morning session of HINW2022Vienna concludes with renewed vigor and determination.
“I hope we all agree that the TPNW isn’t our end goal, the end goal is the total elimination of nuclear weapons”, @INakamitsu is met with overwhelming applause as she reaffirms that total elimination is the real goal of the disarmament community. #HINW2022 #NuclearBanWeek— Nuclear Age Peace Fn (@napf) June 20, 2022
During the coffee break, at HINW2022Vienna people are taking advantage of the VR experience "On the Morning You Wake".
11:35 AM 20/6
Girls are twice as likely to get cancer than boys- as shown in the evidence gathered about those exposed to ionizing radiation between age 3-5. This is why the TPNW recognises the disproportionate impact of nuclear weapon on women and girls, because the evidence demands it.
Mary Olsen from NRIS speaks to the gendered impact of nuclear weapons, with women being significantly more likely to develop and die from cancer after radiation exposure than men, an impact that has yet to be studied in depth #HINW22— UN House Scotland (@UNHouseScotland) June 20, 2022
10:50 AM 20/6
The HINW2022Vienna hearing from the survivors of nuclear weapons use and testing has generated a combination of emotion and empowerment.
Danity Laukon of @misa4thepacific shares powerful words at the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons #HINW22 on the ongoing and intergenerational impacts of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands #nuclearban #nuclearbanweek pic.twitter.com/Dx0TWpJ8XR— Peace Boat（NGOピースボート） (@peace_boat) June 20, 2022
10:17 AM 20/6
Former Director of the IAEA and Nobel Peace Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu provide stimulating opening remarks linking the urgency and priority of dealing with nuclear weapons.
Nuclear weapons have a colonial legacy that supposes some lives are more important than others, argues @ElBaradei at #HINW22. The idea that nuclear weapons offer security does not bear up to scrutiny - elimination is the only answer to the risks posed. #NuclearBanWeek— Reaching Critical Will (@RCW_) June 20, 2022
10:03 AM 20/6
It's begun- the 2022 Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (HINW22Vienna) starts off with a room full of conference buzz (and no stairs!). Lines were long to get in, but now we're here. Want to follow live?
Excited for today's #HINW22conference about to start. Please find the livestream for the conference and our excellent speakers' presentations here: https://t.co/JhbwPFC9an #nuclearbanweek @MFA_Austria pic.twitter.com/K6zhquSzWD— alexander kmentt (@alexanderkmentt) June 20, 2022
9:45 AM 20/6
Did you catch MSP-TV? Interviews with Bonnie Docherty, Hinemouera Cross and Austria's George Wilhelm Galholfer.
MSP TV - morning edition 20 June 2022 https://t.co/NTB5Okt7m6— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 20, 2022
4:00 PM 19/6
And that's a wrap!
More than 40 sessions, over 100 speakers, old friends and new friends, the Nuclear Ban Forum is wrapped up.
Wow, what an amazing two days! The hard work is not over but let's take a moment to reflect on what we've achieved with the #nuclearban... “this is the first Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW… a treaty WE made happen!”- @BeaFihn. A massive thanks to all involved 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/USsk8oZMfE— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 19, 2022
10:20 AM 19/6
It's not often you see a room moved to tears when talking about the power and possibility of international law, but that's exactly what happened after Ambassador Maritza Chan took the floor.
Who could have imagined that a group of pen-wielding diplomats and civil society leaders could upend the patriarchy of the nuclear powers and claim, instead, that international peace and security could be written, not bombed! #nuclearbanweek #Vienna #TPNW1MSP pic.twitter.com/qWR97qMXBw— Maritza Chan (@MaritzaChanV) June 19, 2022
11:00 AM 17/6
Are you ready?
We're less than 24 hours away from the start of Nuclear Ban Week! Preparations for the ICAN Nuclear Ban Forum are well underway at the ICAN Austria office and at the Aula, and we've already run into some of our fantastic campaigners.
If you're not in Vienna, but want to participate online, make sure you register here!
After months of preparation and waiting #NuclearBan Week is finally here! 🤩— ICAN (@nuclearban) June 17, 2022
A week of high-level and civil-society events to tackle the urgent and existential threat of nuclear weapons.
While we wait for you, here is some BTS. See you soon, in person and online!