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International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
26 September


First proposed in October 2013, resolution A/RES/ 68/32 was meant as a follow-up to the high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament held on 26 September 2013 in the UN General Assembly. 

The resolution, approved by the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with nuclear disarmament, inter alia calls for the “urgent commencement of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament  for the early conclusion of a comprehensive convention on nuclear weapons to prohibit their possession, development, production, acquisition, testing, stockpiling, transfer and use or threat of use, and to provide for their destruction.”

The resolution “declares 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons devoted to furthering this objective [the total elimination of nuclear weapons], including through enhancing public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination, in order to mobilize international efforts towards achieving the common goal of a weapon” and furthermore “decides to convene, no later than 2018, a United Nations  high-level international conference on nuclear disarmament to review the progress made in this regard.”

The resolution was approved by a vote of 129-28 with 19 abstentions.  The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution on 5 December 2013 with a vote of 137-28 with 20 abstentions.

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