In July 2017, 122 States adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This paper briefly traces the context and course of its negotiation. It comments on the key features of the treaty, on its relationship with other treaties, and on next steps towards nuclear disarmament.

This paper is the third in a series of UNIDIR briefs on the “nuts and bolts of a ban”. Funded by the Governments of Ireland and Sweden and building upon the 2016 ILPI/UNIDIR Guide to the Issues, the papers aim to constitute a practical resource for practitioners involved in the negotiating the nuclear ban treaty, as well as those now seeking to bring it into force.

Citation: Yasmin Afina, John Borrie, Tim Caughley, Nick Ritchie, and Wilfred Wan (2017) "Negotiation of a Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty: Nuts and Bolts of the Ban - The New Treaty: Taking Stock", UNIDIR, Geneva.