Security: The Global Challenge

April 6, 2020

Shared by Pavel Palazhchenko, Mikhail Gorbachev's interpreter

Q: How did you take the news of the pandemic?
A: I think I took it the way most people did. Initially, there was hope that it could be controlled, localized. But things took a very different turn and the epidemic spread far and wide. Unprecedented measures and decisions became necessary. Leaders, citizens and international organizations found themselves in an extreme...

December 2, 2019

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is a yearly event on December 2, organized by the United Nations General Assembly. The Day was first celebrated in 1986.

Slavery is not merely a historical relic. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella ter...

December 2, 2019

The Catholic Church has been a leading proponent of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which 122 states, including the Vatican, voted to adopt at the United Nations in July 2017. It is the first globally applicable multilateral agreement to outlaw nuclear weapons comprehensively.

ICAN has published a small report the Vatican's adoption of the TPNW. To read more about it from ICAN click here.

November 21, 2019

The UN General Assembly First Committee just wrapped up last Friday, as diplomats finished voting on resolutions. Overall, organizations like ICAN were pleased with the high number of positive references to the TPNW but disappointed by the attempts by a minority of states to walk back references to the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and to their own disarmament commitments. 

ICAN has posted a First Committee...

November 21, 2019

In January 2018, UNHS co-hosted with ICAN a PrepCon on the issue of Weapons of Mass Destructions in the Middle East. 

We continue to see the relevancy of issue, and this year the United Nations in New York will be hosting a conference on the Middle East from 18th November until the 22nd of November. The Conference will focus on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction...

November 4, 2019

Our latest and first Briefing Paper on Human Trafficking by the UNA St Andrews Branch highlights the need for a heightened awareness of human trafficking issues.

Click to download here

October 2, 2019

As you may be aware, the UN General Assembly First Committee starts next week on Monday, October 7 and runs through November 8. Delegates will be delivering statements up until October 31 and they will be voting on resolutions from November 1-8. Civil society and governments will host events on the sidelines of the First Committee, including the launch of the 2019 Ban Monitor report from the Norwegian People's Aid on October 1...

September 18, 2019

Here is a message from ICAN Australia:

Dear colleagues,

With the UN Climate Summit next week and climate rallies around the world this week, please find below a link to a paper from ICAN Australia that addresses the connections between nuclear weapons and our climate:

August 5, 2019

Dr. Timmon Wallis, Executive Director of NuclearBan.US, denounced United States President Donald Trump on the 3rd of August for pulling the US out of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. 

The INF Treaty was signed by former President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Article VI, paragraph 2 of the US Constitution declares that "all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be...

July 31, 2019

The Secure Scotland Seminar was held between the 16th and 18th April 2019 at Allanton Peace Sanctuary in Dumfries. The purpose of the seminar was to conceptualise a vision of security with which Scotland could challenge the dominance of a state-centric and heavily militarised approach to security, prioritise human security and promote international relations based on peace, justice and respect.

The Secure Scotland Seminar had t...

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