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Global Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons


Scottish CND is delighted that on Friday 7th  July 2017 a global treaty banning nuclear weapons was passed at the United Nations in New York.
The treaty was supported by 122 countries at the United Nations Headquarters after months of talks in the face of opposition from nuclear armed states.Disgracefully the UK government did not take part in the talks.

The treaty is 10 pages long and will be open for nations to sign at the United Nations General Assembly in September.The treaty also puts nuclear weapons on the same footing as landmines, biological and chemical weapons which were banned a number of years ago.

It is really disappointing that the UK Government did not take part in these historic talks.However there is evidence to suggest that UN treaties can be effective even when some nations fail to sign up to them.The US did not sign up to the landmines treaty but has now changed its landmines policy to comply with the treaty.
Scottish CND believes that the treaty will have an impact on the behaviour of nuclear weapons states.

Doomsday Clock moves closer to nuclear war

Scottish CND are very worried about a recent announcement by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that the Doomsday Clock has moved thirty seconds closer to midnight , with 2 minutes to go.

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said:

"This is very worrying news about the Doomsday Clock moving dangerously closer to midnight.

This news actually means that scientists have looked at the military and political developments of the last year and made the assessment that nuclear war and climate change are more likely to lead to disaster than would have been the case last year."

Government Ducking Questions On MPs\' Trident Vote

Pressed by the SNP MP Stewart Hosie on whether the Government would allow a vote in the House of Commons on the replacement of Trident the Defence Min

Nuclear Consultation "Misleading"

 A public consultation on new nuclear power stations which was run by a company linked to the Prime Minister's personal pollster has been criticised for breaching industry guidelines. Environmentalists and opposition MPs denounced the exercise as "fixed" after the Market Research Standards Board said some material given to focus groups was "inaccurately or misleadingly presented".

Commission on US strategic posture

left The interim report from a new commission into US nuclear weapons policy, chaired by former Defence Secretary William Perry, was published on 15 December 

Overall the report is mixed and cautious.  It reaffirms the importance of Russia in determining the size of US nuclear forces, although it states that there is no nuclear threat from Russia or China.  It advocates bilateral negotiations with Russia. Ratification of the CTBT could be considered if there were assurances from the nuclear laboratories.  Nuclear terrorism is seen as a growing threat, particularly if the dangers of proliferation are not tackled.

A paper was sent to the Commission on the relationship between US and British nuclear weapons programmes.

US Empire or Multi-Polar World

“We’re an empire now and
when we act, we create our own
reality and while you’re studying
that reality – judiciously, as
you will – we’ll act again, creating
other new realities, which
you will study too, and that’s
how things will sort out,” said a
cheer leader for the Project for
a New American Century.

Scottish CND Annual Conference 17 Nov

Dr Rebecca Johnson will speak on "New international Game-changers to Ban Nuclear Weapons: Scotland's Role and Responsibility" at Scottish CND's annual conference from 10 am on Saturday 17th November 2012 in the STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow. There will also be a debate on the approach that Scottish CND should adopt during the independence referendum. Papers

MOD simulates Trident convoy crash at Raith Interchange

Declassified reports show that the Ministry of Defence and emergency services would have major problems responding to an accident involving the transport of nuclear weapons across Scotland. Exercise Senator took place in 2011. It was held in Prestwick, but simulated an accident at the Raith Interchange on the M74 in Lanarkshire.
John Ainslie, Coordinator Scottish CND said "This exercise highlighted the risks which we live with in Scotland, so long as nuclear weapons are based on the Clyde. The only way to remove this danger is to eject Trident from Faslane."

What about North Korea?

This is a frequent response to opening a discussion about global nuclear disarmament with people outside the peace movement. Especially in the light of recent events some people are subscribing to the idea that we ‘need’ nuclear weapons to keep us ‘safe’. A recent press release from Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) an organisation to which SCND is affiliated and which we strongly support, tackles this question head on. It explains why at a time like this a nuclear weapons ban treaty, even if everyone doesn’t immediately sign up to it, matters more than ever. The press release argues that the test firing of an ‘intercontinental ballistic missile’ by North Korea is proof positive of the need for a nuclear weapons ban treat. A summary of their viewpoint is presented below. The full press release , with contacts and  references can be found here 

PEACE IS THE PRIZE – A party near you this weekend

Across Scotland this coming weekend people will be celebrating the award on Sunday in Oslo of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN for their work towards the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)1 which was adopted by the UN in July this year. Here is a list of the events we know about. If you are are organising one that is not on this list please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We aim to post photos from all the events on the Scrap Trident Facebook Page. These events are open to all.

 List of events