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Nuclear Weapons ConventionSecurity and Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Securing Our Survival (SOS)
The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

With the Updated Model Convention on the Prohibition of
the Development, Testing, Production, Stockpiling, Transfer,
Use and Threat of Nuclear Weapons and on their Elimination

With updated Commentary and Responses

Foreword by Judge C.G. Weeramantry
Principal authors: Merav Datan, Felicity Hill, Jürgen Scheffran, Alyn Ware

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation

209 pages * soft cover * 2007 * $17
also available online at www.icanw.org
(revised edition of Security and Survival, 1999)

The prohibitions of chemical and biological weapons and, most recently, of antipersonnel landmines were achieved through determined negotiations that resulted in international conventions (treaties). Recognizing that a similar convention on nuclear weapons could complete the process of abolishing weapons of mass destruction, more than a decade ago a group of lawyers, scientists, physicians, and policy experts set out to draft a document that could point negotiators toward such a convention. The result was a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention that was submitted to the United Nations as a working document. This was followed in 1999 by the publication of Security and Survival, which explained the rationale.

Now, ten years after the Model Convention was released in 1997, experts have returned, and have been joined by others, to reconsider the case for a Convention prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons in the changed global security dynamic. They agree with the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission chaired by Hans Blix. In its 2006 report, the Commission rejected the notion that “outlawing nuclear weapons is a utopian goal” and found that a “nuclear disarmament treaty is achievable.”

Securing Our Survival is a briefing book for all abolitionists -- and for anyone who wants to learn more about the necessity for the elimination of nuclear weapons. The book explains in a careful, systematic way what a nuclear weapons convention should look like, who would create it, when it could become a reality, and why it is essential. The most current text of the Model Convention is provided, along with sections on enforcement and verification, and discussions of critical questions that will need to be resolved as part of the negotiating process.

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