International Support For An NWC – Resolutions calling for a nuclear weapons convention have been adopted by the European Parliament and introduced into the US Congress and UK House of Commons.
In 1995, Abolition 2000, an international network was established to promote the achievement of a nuclear weapons convention. It has attracted the support of over 2000 organisations worldwide.
Public opinion polls in countries not yet supporting the NWC indicate public support for a NWC at over 80%.
The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Appeal, the largest petition in the world with nearly 100 million signatures, calls for the complete abolition of nuclear weapons through an international treaty.
Model Nuclear Weapons Convention – In 1997 the United Nations circulated a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention, submitted by Costa Rica in order to assist in the implementation of the ICJ decision and the UN call for negotiations leading to a NWC. The Model NWC had been drafted by a consortium of lawyers, scientists and disarmament experts led by the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy.
Costa Rica explained that the Model NWC sets forth “…the legal, technical and political issues that should be considered in order to obtain an actual nuclear weapons convention.” The Model NWC has been the subject of a number of scientific, academic and diplomatic conferences in the UK, China, Geneva, New York, Canada and India. Feedback on the Model NWC and progress towards a NWC is included in a periodical called the Nuclear Weapons Convention Monitor.