In December 2016, the General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/71/258 on “taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations”. The resolution, which passed with a large majority, decided to convene a United Nations conference in 2017 to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. Negotiations took place from 27 to 31 March and will continue from 15 June to 7 July in New York.

The two papers in this publication were prepared in advance of the June–July 2017 session. Building upon the 2016 ILPI/UNIDIR Guide to the Issues, the papers aim to constitute a practical resource for practitioners involved in the negotiations.

Citation: Tim Caughley and Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova (2017) "Negotiation of a Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty: Nuts and Bolts of the Ban", UNIDIR, Geneva.