The 1985 statement that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought” was first made by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev at their summit in Geneva. This year, Presidents Biden, Putin and Xi all reaffirmed this principle. Why have some countries declined to reaffirm it and could this change?
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The 1985 statement that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought” was first made by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev at their summit in Geneva. Which nuclear states have reaffirmed this principle today and why have some countries declined to reaffirm it?
As the COP26 climate summit enters its final day, Carlo Trezza writes that next year’s NPT Review Conference should recognise the catastrophic environmental consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.
Leadership groups call on China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States to jointly reaffirm: “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought”
A group of global security leaders, including Chair of the ELN Lord Des Browne and ELN Director Sir Adam Thomson, call on the P5 to reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war must never be fought following Biden-Putin meeting.
The NPT requires modernisation to adapt to today’s challenges and provide a comprehensive approach, writes Tarja Cronberg. She argues that as reform is politically impossible because of the P5’s veto power, it must be renegotiated.
The UK’s recent changes to nuclear policy cast a shadow over preparations for the NPT Review Conference. But there is still time for the P5 to take actions to rebuild trust and confidence. UNIDIR’s Wilfred Wan lays out key recommendations.