WHAT WE DO

The WFC Commission on Peace and Disarmament engages policy-makers and other stakeholders on policy-solutions to the challenges stemming from the continued existence of weapons of mass destruction, the production and trafficking of conventional weapons and the lasting health effects from explosive remnants of war.

By facilitating exchanges of experiences and expertise between countries and regions, promoting best practice and policies and offering practical tools for policy-action, the programme aims to ensure that the benefits of disarmament are shared across borders.

Working Areas:

Peace and Disarmament - Disarmament policies   Peace and Disarmament - Climate-Nuclear Nexus   Peace and Disarmament - Disarmament for Development

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Amid growing dangers, experts highlight importance of the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

New York, NY – March 28, 2018. At a media briefing for journalists at the United Nations in New York today, nuclear disarmament experts and campaigners highlighted the critical need for successful diplomacy on nuclear-weapons related conflicts, including in Northeast Asia, between the US/NATO and Russia, and at the upcoming UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.
An overview of existing Nuclear Weapon-Free Zones and countries with national nuclear prohibition legislation
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Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones and Regional Security in the Middle East, North-East Asia and Europe

Nuclear-weapon-free-zones have already been established in the Antarctic, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pacific, South East Asia, Africa and Central Asia and have been proposed for the Middle East, North-East Asia and Europe. A panel of experts will provide updates on these three proposals, explore the role such NWFZs could play in the region, and provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the issue.
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Amid growing dangers, experts highlight importance of the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

New York, NY – March 28, 2018. At a media briefing for journalists at the United Nations in New York today, nuclear disarmament experts and campaigners highlighted the critical need for successful diplomacy on nuclear-weapons related conflicts, including in Northeast Asia, between the US/NATO and Russia, and at the upcoming UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

Move the nuclear weapons money

This handbook provides ideas, examples and resources for legislators and civil society to reduce the lobbying power of the nuclear weapons corporations, and move the money from nuclear weapons budgets to fund social, economic and environmental programs instead.

The Climate-Nuclear Nexus

Climate change and the continued existence of nuclear weapons stand out as the two principal threats to the survival of humanity.

Future Policy Award 2013: Celebrating the World’s best Disarmament Policies

Disarmament is vital to achieving crucial peace, development and security goals. The 2013 Future Policy Award celebrates policies that have distinctly advanced sustainable disarmament.

Handbook: Supporting nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament

This Handbook identifies best practices on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and offers recommendations for further parliamentary action.

Disarmament for Sustainable Development
Towards a
reallocation of military spending

While $1.75trillion USD is spent each year worldwide for the military, every 15 seconds a child dies from malnutrition, 780 million people have no access to clean water and insufficient progress is made in the fight against climate change. A gradual cut and reallocation of military spending could help solve these and other pressing issues of our time. We work with policy-makers worldwide to establish an expert working group under the auspices of the UN to determine how such reallocating processes should be structured in the global political context.

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Working in partnership with civil society actors to achieve a reallocation of funds from the military towards sustainable development initiatives.

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Developing and presenting proposals on how to achieve a reallocation of military spending.

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Using artistic and creative tools to raise awareness of the issue among the public.

CAMPAIGN

One trillion dollars

is being spent to modernize the nuclear arsenals of nine countries over the next 10 years.

We’re going to show the scale

of this investment and how it could be devoted to peace and humanitarian needs, rather than the threat of nuclear annihilation

while governments meet at the UN

for the first ever United Nations High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

We’re going to count the money

by hand, $100million per minute in $1million dollar notes, in front of the United Nations and at other publicly visible places in New York City. Counting will take 7 days and nights.

You can help!

Join a team of two to count for half an hour or more.
Teams will include people of all ages, nations, backgrounds; celebrities, activists, politicians, UN officials, diplomats, artists, religious leaders, sportspeople, refugees and others.

Initiatives
The Bread Tank

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Artistic Intervention: “The Bread Tank”

Two years in a row, we took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro (in 2012 at the UN Summit Rio+20 and again in 2013 at the World Youth Day of the Catholic Church, together with Pope Francis), equipped with a life-sized war tank, covered with bread and featuring the slogan “Bread not Bombs”. Hundreds of thousands of young people paid tribute to this important message, international media coverage followed. The Catholic Church asked for a report about the success of the Bread Tank.

 

Financing the SDGs

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Financing the SDGs

Our proposal highlights how cutting military spending could help to finance the SDG-processes, for which an additional 37,5 trillion US$ is needed. We presented our concept at the OECD conference in Paris and at the Peace and Planet conference in New York, and gave it as an input into the International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa for which we could win more than 20 NGOs as endorsers including ‘Mayors for Peace’.

 

Spreading Best Disarmament Policies
Towards a
Nuclear Weapon-Free World

Since 2011, the World Future Council has conducted a project on identifying, raising awareness for and spreading exemplary disarmament policies, with a focus on policies advancing nuclear disarmament. Over the years, through our partnership with Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, we have engaged parliamentarians across the globe on pursuing such policies through workshops, briefings and practical tools.

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Our unique Parliamentary Handbook on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament has been sent to all parliaments in the world and been translated into several languages.

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Our Future Policy Award on disarmament highlighted a range of disarmament policies that have contributed to the achievement of peace, sustainable development, and security.

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Together with UNDP, we brought together representatives of government, police authorities and civil society from Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina on sharing best practice in curbing armed violence.

Initiatives
Nuclear Abolition Forum

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Nuclear Abolition Forum

A joint-project of eight civil society organisations, the Nuclear Abolition Forum consists of an online portal (abolitionforum.org) and periodical aimed at fostering dialogue between academics, governments, disarmament experts and NGOs on key issues for achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. Hosted by the WFC, the Forum is able to rely on over 70 high-level consultants to ensure quality contributions. The inaugural edition of the Forum’s periodical focused on the humanitarian imperative for nuclear disarmament, while the second edition examined the nuclear deterrence doctrine.

Choose Life Without Weapons

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Choose Life Without Weapons

We joined the UNDP initiative ‘Choose Life Without Weapons’ in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) to bring together the experiences of Argentina and BiH in reducing armed violence and draw lessons from the design, implementation and results of each nation’s small arms campaigns.

2013 Future Policy Award

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2013 Future Policy Award

Our annual Future Policy Award in 2013 was held in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the theme of Disarmament. The winning policies display the diversity of the disarmament theme, targeting small arms and light weapons, nuclear weapons, cluster munitions and anti-personnel mines, among others. The brochure on the winning policies is available in English, French and Spanish.

Basel Peace Office

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Basel Peace Office

The Basel Peace Office was established to advance research, teaching and policy-development programs dedicated to international peace, conflict resolution and security to achieve the global abolition of nuclear weapons. The Basel Peace Office brings international organisations to Basel that have a long record of successful work on international security and nuclear disarmament.

Climate-Nuclear Nexus
Links between
climate change and nuclear weapons

This project highlights the interplay between climate change and risks associated with nuclear weapons, facilities and materials, with the aim of forging solutions to these two principal threats to human survival. We have organised workshops and prepared briefings for policy-makers, academic and civil society organisations on how these threats interfere with each other and what policies are available to move towards a more secure and sustainable future.

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We have highlighted how climate change and nuclear threats affect the Marshall Islands and what that country is doing to tackle both threats, including their nuclear disarmament cases at the ICJ.

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We released a ground-breaking study on the linkages between climate change and risks from nuclear weapons and installations.

Initiatives
Nuclear Zero Cases

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Nuclear Zero Cases

WFC has supported the unprecedented legal action taken by the Marshall Islands in the International Court of Justice against the nine nuclear-armed states for failing to comply with their nuclear disarmament obligations. We are a member of the consortium supporting the cases and serve as a consultant to the legal team.

 

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