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Young Nuclear Disarmament Leaders Program United Nations, New York, NY | April 26th - May 3rd, 2019

The Ban Treaty

1. Prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. It also prohibits them from assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to engage in any of these activities.

2. A nation that possesses nuclear weapons may join the treaty, so long as it agrees to destroy them in accordance with a legally binding, time-bound plan.

3. Nations are obliged to provide assistance to all victims of the use and testing of nuclear weapons and to take measures for the remediation of contaminated environments. The preamble acknowledges the harm suffered as a result of nuclear weapons, including the disproportionate impact on women and girls, and on indigenous peoples around the world.

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: 2017 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER

ICAN is a coalition consisting of several hundred non-government organizations, from local peace groups to global federations representing millions of people. An international steering group and staff team coordinate the campaign’s activities. The main office is located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Founded in 2007 by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in Australia, launched internationally in Vienna

Youth Activism in Nuclear Disarmament: BANG

Started in 2006 after the failure of the 2005 NPT Review Conference, a platform for young people to share ideas on nuclear disarmament, and an ICAN Partner

Youth movement in Oslo

Claim Your Voice and Ban the Bomb

40 young people from 14 different states in Europe and the world, seized this opportunity, went to Oslo and stood up for a nuclear weapons ban.

NPT PrepCom 2018

United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland 2018

This youth expedition consisted of 12 individuals age 18-25. The participants were from the U.S, Japan, and the European states. The program ran from 20 April 2018 to 25 April 2018.

The 2018 NPT Prepcom was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 23 April 2018 to 4 May 2018. The Chair-designate of the second session was Ambassador Adam Bugajski of Poland. This meeting served as the 2nd PrepCom for the 2020 Meeting of the States Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. At the NPT PrepCom, there was a focus on the states parties to the NPT's commitments to nuclear disarmament. However, the nuclear weapon states (US, UK, Russia, France, and China) have refused to comply with their obligations. The parties also addressed the impact of the new U.S. nuclear posture on the nuclear nonproliferation regime. The parties engaged in substantive discussions on the relationship between the Ban Treaty and the NPT.

Activities:

Side Event Hosted by PEAC and JDI

Participants monitored plenary discussions, met with diplomats and presented a youth presentation. To prepare for the meetings with diplomats, they were expected to write background profiles about the relevant states. Participants collaborated with other youth groups and NGO leaders to draft the youth presentation. Additionally, they were expected to maintain a blog about the PrepCom and live tweet the discussions.

Meetings with Diplomats:

Students meeting with the Austrian Ambassador

Participants engaged with diplomats to hear first-hand the strategies and obstacles in their approaches to nuclear disarmament and the NPT.

Youth Speech:

Our two Delegates Myrna and Fika, about to give the Youth Appeal to the UN General Assembly

Participants developed a youth presentation and delivered it to the General Assembly during the NGO session.

YOUTH STATEMENT at NPT PrepCom 2018

Once and for all, that nuclear weapons are a risk to humanity itself. How many more near misses, accidents, political miscalculations and technical missteps can we afford? In a time in which hate speech and fake news increasingly influence and distort our perceptions, we cannot rely on the judgement of a small number of countries to decide the future--or the end--of our planet. It is thus imperative that leaders come together to create solid regulatory mechanisms, which effectively commit states to “the elimination of all nuclear materials and technology.” This is exactly what the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons can achieve; and this is why it is of the utmost importance for states to promptly sign and ratify the Treaty.
We do not want to sit in your seat ten years from now, realising that nothing has changed. We need you, distinguished diplomats, to not only talk about visions of a world without nuclear weapons, but to actually achieve it. We are looking forward to being your partners in our shared mission of immediately achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. It is high time for states to act and sign and ratify the Ban Treaty. We must all work together to get eliminate nuclear weapons NOW; and not sometime in the future. Youth MESSAGE: Disarm now, we look forward to working with you.

Global Youth Forum 2018

The Global Youth Forum on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 5-7 December 2018. Attended by a range of New Zealand and International Youth, the Forum featured discussion and the latest updates on global disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation issues.

The Global Youth Forum ran concurrently with an intergovernmental conference on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) for Pacific Island countries, which was hosted by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Speakers and leading voices engaged in the Pacific Conference joined elements of the Youth Forum programme, to update attendees on latest developments in this field. Prominent speakers included Beatrice Fihn, Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on the TPNW. Other prominent speakers included international academics: Dr Zia Mian of Princeton University, and diplomatic representatives from the core group of countries that lead the TPNW process.

Youth Forum participants also attended a reception hosted by New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and MFA/MDAC, Rt Hon Winston Peters, and a number of other exciting events.

Young Nuclear Disarmament Leaders Program 2019

April 26th - May 3rd 2019

Vision

To counteract the NWS’ strategy, it is imperative for international youth to support the TPNW and challenge the NWS’ arguments by lobbying states and presenting a strong youth statement.

We are aiming to change the narrative on nuclear weapons: one from neo-realism and focused on nuclear deterrence policies to a humanitarian-focused. To ensure that changes will occur and young people’s voices are heard, we are aiming to bring 15-20 students to New York from April 26 to May 3 for both preliminary activities and the first week of the NPT PrepCom

Components

  • In early April of 2019, PEAC Institute will organize a series of webinars, featuring leading experts from different civil society groups.
  • On April 27, 2019, Orientation for the participants in New York. At the orientation, we will review the schedule and discuss the strategy.
  • During the 2019 NPT PrepCom, the participants will be expected to monitor the plenary discussions, deliver the youth presentation, and lobby delegates to support the TPNW. The participants will work in tandem with civil society organizations to increase support for the early entry into force of the TPNW.
Upon completing the program, the participants will receive certificates.

2019 PrepCom

  • The 2019 NPT Prepcom will be in New York from April 29 to May 6 2019.
  • States will engage in debates on the relationship between the TPNW and the NPT. The majority will contend that the TPNW closes the legal missing gap in the nuclear nonproliferation regime.
  • The Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) will challenge this notion and pressure states to support their stance.

Costs

  • Application Fee: $50.00 - can be used as initial installment for the program fee
  • Program Fee | Single Room: $1,400.00
  • Program Fee | Shared Room: $1,200.00
  • Program Fee | Basic, no accommodations: $800.00

Credits:

Created with images by Christoph Deinet - Cover photo "Mount Aspiring" All other photos by Rebecca Irby

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