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1996 -  A major step towards nuclear disarmament

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The end of World War II saw the beginning of a “cold war” and nuclear arms race. Between 1945 and 1996, over 2000 nuclear tests were carried out all over the world. Concern about the effects of nuclear testing on human health and the environment led to the 1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty. It banned nuclear testing in the atmosphere, outer space, and under water. However, underground nuclear tests still continued. 

The United Nations’ disarmament body, the Conference on Disarmament, negotiated a comprehensive nuclear test-ban treaty from 1994 to 1996. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was adopted by General Assembly resolution 50/245 on 10 September 1996.  One hundred and sixty-three countries have since ratified the treaty but has not entered into force.

The General Assembly adopts the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (UN Photo/Evan Schneider). 

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty bans all nuclear tests, constrains the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons, and contributes to progress on nuclear disarmament. The CTBT also helps protect our environment against harmful radioactive by-products of nuclear tests.

But we must secure the ratifications necessary for entry into force […] let us ban nuclear tests. And let us do everything possible to secure this Treaty’s entry into force for the sake of our planet and all living beings. (UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon)

Watch the history of the United Nations unfold a document at a time at: 70 Years, 70 Documents: An Exhibit. 

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Daniel Ellsberg - Nuclear Free California Rally

 


Berkeley Rally for a Nuclear-Free California
Citizens rally outside Berkeley City Hall before City Council considers a resolution to decommission California nuclear plants and transition to green non-nuclear generation sources. Speakers include Bob Meola, Member of the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission and author of the resolution; Dan Ellsberg, former Department of Defense strategic analyst who released The Pentagon Papers and Fellow at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Dan Hirsch, President of Committee to Bridge the Gap and former Director of the Program on Nuclear Policy at U.C. Santa Cruz ; eco-philosopher Joanna Macy; and Jackie Cabasso of Western States Legal Foundation and Nuclear Free California. The troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has the worst safety record in the country and has been shut since January 2012 due to malfunctioning steam replacement generators that threaten to keep it permanently shut. Both San Onfore and the Diablo Canyon facility are in earthquake fault zones, and have a long history of not taking seismic vulnerability seriously. California’s spent fuel levels are among the highest in the country. 

Both the rally and the resolution were sponsored by the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission.

Published on Jun 26, 2012 by eon3

California Nuclear Initiative

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Dan Hirsch - Nuclear Free California Rally

Berkeley Rally for a Nuclear-Free California
Citizens rally outside Berkeley City Hall before City Council considers a resolution to decommission California nuclear plants and transition to green non-nuclear generation sources. Speakers include Bob Meola, Member of the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission and author of the resolution; Dan Ellsberg, former Department of Defense strategic analyst who released The Pentagon Papers and Fellow at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Dan Hirsch, President of Committee to Bridge the Gap and former Director of the Program on Nuclear Policy at U.C. Santa Cruz ; eco-philosopher Joanna Macy; and Jackie Cabasso of Western States Legal Foundation and Nuclear Free California. The troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has the worst safety record in the country and has been shut since January 2012 due to malfunctioning steam replacement generators that threaten to keep it permanently shut. Both San Onfore and the Diablo Canyon facility are in earthquake fault zones, and have a long history of not taking seismic vulnerability seriously. California’s spent fuel levels are among the highest in the country. 

Both the rally and the resolution were sponsored by the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission.

Published on Jun 26, 2012 by eon3

California Nuclear Initiative 

 

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Jackie Cabasso - - Nuclear Free California Rally

Berkeley Rally for a Nuclear-Free California
Citizens rally outside Berkeley City Hall before City Council considers a resolution to decommission California nuclear plants and transition to green non-nuclear generation sources. Speakers include Bob Meola, Member of the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission and author of the resolution; Dan Ellsberg, former Department of Defense strategic analyst who released The Pentagon Papers and Fellow at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Dan Hirsch, President of Committee to Bridge the Gap and former Director of the Program on Nuclear Policy at U.C. Santa Cruz ; eco-philosopher Joanna Macy; and Jackie Cabasso of Western States Legal Foundation and Nuclear Free California. The troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has the worst safety record in the country and has been shut since January 2012 due to malfunctioning steam replacement generators that threaten to keep it permanently shut. Both San Onfore and the Diablo Canyon facility are in earthquake fault zones, and have a long history of not taking seismic vulnerability seriously. California’s spent fuel levels are among the highest in the country. 

Both the rally and the resolution were sponsored by the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission.

Published on Jun 26, 2012 by eon3

California Nuclear Initiative