Revision of the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention and the book
"Security and Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons
IALANA is working with IPPNW and INESAP
on revision and re-release of the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention
(Model NWC) drafted in 1997 by an international consortium
of lawyers, scientists, disarmament experts, physicians and
activists. We are also updating and republishing the 1999
and Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention,
which explores the rationales and possibilities for achieving
a nuclear weapons convention - a global treaty on the abolition
and elimination of nuclear weapons.
The Model NWC was distributed
to governments by the United Nations as a discussion document
(UN Doc. A/C.1/52/7)
and was also submitted to the US Congress. While it generated
considerable interest, the Nuclear Weapon States have so far
refused to take up the call to negotiate a treaty on the abolition
of nuclear weapons. However, political developments since
then have made the proposal for a nuclear weapons convention
much more cogent. The prestigious Blix
Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, for example,
concluded recently that:
A nuclear disarmament treaty is achievable and can
be reached through careful, sensible and practical measures.
Benchmarks should be set; definitions agreed; timetables drawn
up and agreed upon; and transparency requirements agreed.
These are just the types of provisions
provided in the Model NWC.
The Model NWC and revised book (renamed
Securing Our Survival) will be released at the Meeting of States Party to
the Non-Proliferation Treaty in Vienna April 30-May 11.