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article imageTwo-day Oslo conference ends with call to ban nuclear weapons

By Paul Iddon     Mar 13, 2013 in Politics
The government of Norway has invited representatives from countries all around the world for two days in Oslo to discuss the international banning of nuclear weapons.
At this conference, government representatives were issued the following challenge, that is to investigate the humanitarian effects a nuclear war would have. The three keys areas were as follows:
'how any use of nuclear weapons would cause catastrophic humanitarian effects; why the risk of accidents and proliferation, combined with the enormous stockpiles of nuclear weapons, make these weapons a global humanitarian threat; and how the only viable answer to this global humanitarian threat is an efficient and credible treaty banning nuclear weapons.'
Norway is seemingly hoping that by raising these matters and awareness of the devastating effects these weapons would have if unleashed in the midst of war, seemingly they hope that discussing these matters and raising awareness will have a similar effect and result to the actions, conferences and general conglomerations and awareness that led to the respective 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. (Huffington Post, March 12 2013)
Five declared nuclear states -- including the US and UK -- were conspicuously absent from the conference. As pointed out in a report these states actually maintain and own essentially all of the nuclear weapons in the world. (The Asahi Shimbun, March 12 2013)
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