Research project

Nuts and Bolts of the Ban

This research project was carried out from May 2017 to August 2017

In October 2016, the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution (A/C.1/71/L.41) to commence negotiations in 2017 on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. Having met for a week in March, the negotiating conference resumes in mid-June 2017 with a view to seeking completion of its work on a Convention to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons by 8 July.

UNIDIR is carrying out a four-month project from May to August 2017 that examines substantive issues within the negotiations with a view to helping to identify potential solution pathways. This builds on prior work the Institute has undertaken through a range of other projects over the last several years, including a guide to the issues around any prohibition published in February 2016.

The project is producing papers to inform delegations in the negotiations, and will hold a side-event in New York on 22 June to present their research findings.

This project is expected to:
• Contribute tangibly to further facts-based discourse on nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament.
• Provide early warning of major negotiating obstacles on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, and potential ‘solution pathways’—in particular on the issues mentioned above.
• Help to sustain the engagement of a wide range of States in the international system in these United Nations negotiations, and help them to develop their capacities to participate to the fullest possible extent.
• Extend UNIDIR’s existing expertise and other work in this area, including both past and concurrent projects related to nuclear weapons.

Researcher(s): John Borrie, Tim Caughley, Wilfred Wan

Support from UNIDIR's core funders provides the foundation for all of the Institute's activities.
In addition, dedicated project funding was received from the Governments of Ireland and Sweden.