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UN talks underway to ban nuclear weapons


Red Cross welcomes this week's negotiations to begin a nuclear ban treaty.

Monday March 27, 2017

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Red Cross calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons as a critical humanitarian issue.
Red Cross calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons as a critical humanitarian issue.
Any use of nuclear weapons poses unacceptable humanitarian risks.

More than 120 States begin negotiating for a nuclear ban treaty at the United Nations in New York this week.

Australian Red Cross welcomes these of negotiations as a critical step towards a legally-binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination..

Red Cross has been calling for a ban on nuclear weapons since the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War Two. We believe that such a ban is the only safe option for humanity.

Any use of nuclear weapons poses unacceptable humanitarian risks.

Even a limited nuclear exchange could lead to a billion people being at risk of starvation.

There would be no effective means to provide life-saving medical and humanitarian assistance to the millions of potential survivors.

The world has already banned landmines, biological and chemical weapons. It's time to do the same for the most destructive weapons of all. 

Learn more about why nuclear weapons must be banned.

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