Humanitarian Pledge

Humanitarian Pledge In light of the important facts and findings that have been presented at the international conferences in Oslo, Nayarit and Vienna, and after careful consideration of the evidence, We, the States supporting and/or endorsing this pledge, have come to the following inescapable conclusions and make the subsequent pledge to take them forward with interested parties in available fora, including in the context of the NPT and its 2015 Review Conference:

Mindful of the unacceptable harm that victims of nuclear weapons explosions and nuclear testing have experienced and recognising that the rights and needs of victims have not yet been adequately addressed,

Understanding that the immediate, mid- and long-term consequences of a nuclear weapon explosion are significantly graver than it was understood in the past and will not be constrained by national borders but have regional or even global effects, potentially threatening the survival of humanity,

Recognizing the complexity of and interrelationship between these consequences on health, environment, infrastructure, food security, climate, development, social cohesion and the global economy that are systemic and potentially irreversible,

Aware that the risk of a nuclear weapon explosion is significantly greater than previously assumed and is indeed increasing with increased proliferation, the lowering of the technical threshold for nuclear weapon capability, the ongoing modernisation of nuclear weapon arsenals in nuclear weapon possessing states, and the role that is attributed to nuclear weapons in the nuclear doctrines of possessor states,

Cognisant of the fact that the risk of nuclear weapons use with their unacceptable consequences can only be avoided when all nuclear weapons have been eliminated,

Emphasizing that the consequences of a nuclear weapon explosion and the risks associated with nuclear weapons concern the security of all humanity and that all states share the responsibility to prevent any use of nuclear weapons,

Emphasizing that the scope of consequences of a nuclear weapon explosion and risks associated raise profound moral and ethical questions that go beyond debates about the legality of nuclear weapons,

Mindful that no national or international response capacity exists that would adequately respond to the human suffering and humanitarian harm that would result from a nuclear weapon explosion in a populated area, and that such capacity most likely will never exist,

Affirming that it is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances,

Reiterating the crucial role that international organisations, relevant UN entities, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, elected representatives, academia and civil society play for advancing the shared objective of a nuclear weapon free world,

We regard it as our responsibility and consequently pledge to present the factsbased discussions, findings and compelling evidence of the Vienna Conference, which builds upon the previous conferences in Oslo and Nayarit, to all relevant fora, in particular the NPT Review Conference 2015 and in the UN framework, as they should be at the centre of all deliberations, obligations and commitments with regard to nuclear disarmament,

We pledge to follow the imperative of human security for all and to promote the protection of civilians against risks stemming from nuclear weapons,

We call on all states parties to the NPT to renew their commitment to the urgent and full implementation of existing obligations under Article VI, and to this end, to identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons and we pledge to cooperate with all stakeholders to achieve this goal,

We call on all nuclear weapons possessor states to take concrete interim measures to reduce the risk of nuclear weapon detonations, including reducing the operational status of nuclear weapons and moving nuclear weapons away from deployment into storage, diminishing the role of nuclear weapons in military doctrines and rapid reductions of all types of nuclear weapons,

We pledge to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders, States, international organisations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements, parliamentarians and civil society, in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences and associated risks.

 

 

Humanitarian Pledge

List of states that have pledged to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

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  1. Afghanistan
  2. Andorra
  3. Angola
  4. Antigua and Barbuda
  5. Argentina
  6. Austria
  7. Bahamas
  8. Bahrain
  9. Barbados
  10. Belize
  11. Benin
  12. Bolivia
  13. Botswana
  14. Brazil
  15. Brunei
  16. Burundi
  17. Cabo Verde
  18. Central African Republic
  19. Chad
  20. Chile
  21. Colombia
  22. Cook Islands
  23. Costa Rica
  24. Côte d’Ivoire
  25. Cuba
  26. Cyprus
  27. Djibouti
  28. Dominica
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Ecuador
  31. Egypt
  32. El Salvador
  33. Eritrea
  34. Ethiopia
  35. Fiji
  36. Grenada
  37. Guatemala
  38. Guinea-Bissau
  39. Guyana
  40. Haiti
  41. Honduras
  42. Indonesia
  43. Iran
  44. Iraq
  45. Ireland
  46. Jamaica
  47. Jordan
  48. Kenya
  49. Kiribati
  50. Kuwait
  51. Lebanon
  52. Lesotho
  53. Liberia
  54. Libya
  55. Liechtenstein
  56. Macedonia
  57. Madagascar
  58. Malawi
  59. Malaysia
  60. Malta
  61. Marshall Islands
  62. Mauritius
  63. Mexico
  64. Nicaragua
  65. Nigeria
  66. Niue
  67. Palau
  68. Palestine
  69. Panama
  70. Papua New Guinea
  71. Paraguay
  72. Peru
  73. Philippines
  74. Qatar
  75. St. Kitts and Nevis
  76. St. Lucia
  77. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  78. Samoa
  79. São Tomé and Príncipe
  80. San Marino
  81. Saudi Arabia
  82. Senegal
  83. Serbia
  84. Seychelles
  85. Sierra Leone
  86. Singapore
  87. Somalia
  88. South Africa
  89. Sri Lanka
  90. Suriname
  91. Swaziland
  92. Tajikistan
  93. Thailand
  94. Timor-Leste
  95. Togo
  96. Trinidad and Tobago
  97. Tunisia
  98. Tuvalu
  99. Uganda
  100. United Arab Emirates
  101. Uruguay
  102. Vanuatu
  103. Venezuela
  104. Viet Nam
  105. Yemen
  106. Zambia
  107. Zimbabwe
(Last updated 22 May 2015)

 

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