Essay on The International Red Cross And Red Crescent Movement

864 Words Jun 26th, 2015 4 Pages
• The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement proposed a resolution at the Council of Delegates in 2011 in support of the elimination of nuclear weapons. This was adopted by 186 national societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
• The HINW initiative began with a conference in Oslo, Norway in March 2013, attended by 128 countries. o The UN agencies addressing the conference were very clear that they would not be able to effectively respond to the humanitarian and environmental catastrophe that would be created by the use of nuclear weapons
• Another meeting was held in Nayarit, Mexico, in February 2014, attended by 146 countries o At least 20 delegations explicitly called for a ban on nuclear weapons o Over 50 states made statements unequivocally calling for the total elimination of nuclear weapons and the achievement of a nuclear weapons free world o A number of other delegations argues that “simply banning nuclear weapons” will not guarantee the elimination of nuclear weapons
• Most recently, HINW was discussed in Vienna in December 2014, attended by 159 countries. o U.S. was in attendance. (Note: The United States is committed to seeking the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. As said previously, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is the focus of efforts on disarmament, as well as on nonproliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. However, The U.S. stated that this conference was not the appropriate…

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