2017 Disarmament

Sunday, January 1, 2017


In 2017 WILPF's Reaching Critical Will Programme (RCW) will be spearheading the global movement to ban nuclear weapons with its #BanTheBomb initiative. On June 17 RCW will be bolstering these efforts with a historic opportunity to mobilise women's civil society and ban nuclear weapons once and for all at the Women's #BanTheBomb March. RCW will continue to lead the field in analysis, reporting and advocacy this year and will tackle key issues of killer robots, aerial bombardments over civilian areas, and other crucial issues.

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After more than 70 years since the first use of Nuclear Weapons in WWII, the UNGA in 2016 had adopted with overwhelming support a landmark resolution to begin negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts.Throughout June and July of 2017, governments will negotiate the ban on nuclear weapons at the United Nations. WILPF and our coalition are hitting the streets to celebrate and also demand a good treaty that prohibits these weapons of mass destruction once and for all!

The Women's March Ban the Bomb is a women-led initiative building on the momentum of movements at the forefront of the resistance, including the Women’s March on Washington. It will bring together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faiths, political affiliations and backgrounds to march and rally on Saturday, June 17th 2017 in New York City and around the world in support of negotiations taking place at the United Nations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

In 2017, key disarmament events will include:  

  • Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters - UNGA
  • 20th United Nations Disarmament Commission 
  • Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the State's Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons 
  • Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime Working Group on Firearms
  • Conference on Disarmament in Geneva - UNGA
  • Open-Ended Working Group on the Fourth Special Session of the General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament 
  • Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters 28-30 June
  • High Level Preparatory Group On a Treaty Banning the Production of Fissile Material For Nuclear Weapons or Other Nuclear Explosive Devices
  • Women's March to Ban the Bomb