LCNP and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, in association with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, released a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention (MNWC) drafted by an international consortium of lawyers, scientists, disarmament experts, physicians and activists.
The Model NWC (April, 1997) prohibits the use, threat of use, possession, development, testing, deployment and transfer of nuclear weapons and provides a phased program for their elimination under effective international control. It provides for the verified elimination of nuclear weapons in much the same way comparable treaties have banned landmines and chemical and weapons. (There is also a ban on biological weapons, but there are as yet no verification provisions.)
The MNWC was drafted to demonstrate the feasibility of the elimination of nuclear weapons and thus stimulate negotiations to that end. Costa Rica submitted the MNWC to the United Nations later that year; it was circulated as UN Doc A/C.1/52/7.
In 2007, the same groups updated the MNWC and published it as part of an explanatory commentary in the book, Securing Our Survival. You can read the book online or order the book directly. Links to the MNWC alone are provided below.
In early December 2007, the governments of Costa Rica and Malaysia submitted an updated MNWC to the United Nations:
Weapons Convention - ARABIC
Adopted on December 5, 2007, 127 countries voted in favor (with 27 abstentions & 27 against): vote record. It has been adopted annually since 1997.
Costa Rica also submitted to the 2007 NPT PrepCom: Working
paper submitted by Costa Rica, explaining elements of the
On July 1, 2008, a cross-party group of members of the European Parliament launched a Parliamentary declaration in support of the Nuclear Weapons Convention. Signatories include Michel Rocard (former Prime Minister of France) and Jena Luc Dehaene (former Prime Minister of Belgium), both now members of the European Parliament.