The world just took a big step closer to eliminating nuclear weapons. Red Cross welcomes this news.
Friday October 28, 2016
Red Cross calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons as a critical humanitarian issue.
In an historic first, 123 States at the United Nations General Assembly have voted to begin negotiations for a nuclear ban treaty in 2017.
Australian Red Cross welcomes the news.
"This is the start of a process that Red Cross has been calling for since 1945," said Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope, Director of International Humanitarian Law. "
That was when Dr Marcel Junot arrived in Hiroshima with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and bore witness to the devastation caused by the atomic bomb in that city."
The UN resolution will see negotiations begin to create a legally-binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination.
"Banning nuclear weapons is the only safe option for humanity," Dr Wynn-Pope said.
"The world has already banned landmines, biological and chemical weapons. It's time to do the same for the most destructive weapons of all."
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