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Nuclear Weapons

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: 26 September

U.S. Government/Unknown Photographer 1954 (cropped from original)

The UN General Assembly designated 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in resolution A/RES/68/32 adopted on 5 December 2013.

This Day, which was celebrated for the first time in 2014, provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority. It provides an opportunity to educate the public, and their leaders, about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them. Commemorating this Day at the United Nations is especially important, given its universal membership and its long experience in grappling with nuclear disarmament issues. It is the right place to address one of humanity’s greatest challenges, achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. 

Welcome to the UN Library at Geneva resource guide for Nuclear Weapons.

Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

The First Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, held in Oslo on 4-5 March 2013, offered delegates from around the world the opportunity to learn about the humanitarian and developmental consequences of nuclear weapons detonation first-hand from a wide range of experts.

This was shortly followed up by the Second and Third conferences in Nayarit and Vienna, respectively.

These events marked a turning point in international efforts to address the question of nuclear weapons, with 128 representatives from governments, UN agencies, international organizations and civil society in attendance.

In September 2017, a signing ceremony was held at United Nations Headquarters, New York, for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. A true milestone for international peace and the safety and security of the global community.

Disarmament Resource Guides

Here are some links to resource guides on other topics related to disarmament, by type of weapon:

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library at United Nations Headquarters, New York, have also created this useful research guide specifically for UN Documentation: Disarmament.