Nayarit Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

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As a follow-up of a historic international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons (Oslo, March 2013), the government of Mexico hosted a 2nd international conference from 13-14 February 2014 in Nuevo Vallarta, a residential resort community in the state of Nayarit, to build momentum for an ambitious diplomatic process that puts the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons the essence of nuclear disarmament efforts and achievement of a nuclear weapons free world, NTI reports.

Delegations representing 146 States from every region of the world, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and civil society organizations, participated in
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The Conference did not produce a negotiated outcome, but a factual summary under the responsibility of the Chair. “Nayarit is a point of no return,” concluded the Chair of the conference. In his summary of the meeting, he called for the development of new international standards on nuclear weapons, including a legally-binding instrument. The time has come, he argued, for a diplomatic process to reach this goal, within a specified timeframe. He called for this process to conclude by the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Oslo and Nayarit Conferences provided unique platforms for sharing factual and technical information on the humanitarian consequences of a nuclear detonation between governments, international organizations and civil society. By sharing national experiences and response capabilities, the participants unanimously concluded that there is no type of preparation and capacity in the world that can protect the population of any city from the humanitarian catastrophe of a nuclear explosion.

This is why more nuclear weapon-free states from all regions of the world than ever have expressed interest in a new path to nuclear disarmament within the framework of humanitarian discourse, writes NTI. Contrarily to

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