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Nuclear weapons

There are at least 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Detonation of even a single nuclear weapon in a populated area, whether rural or urban, would almost definitely have catastrophic humanitarian consequences.

In most conceivable cases, it is not feasible to build an adequate humanitarian response capacity to address the humanitarian problems and the suffering of a nuclear detonation. Nuclear weapons have not been used in conflict since 1945, but many accidents, mishaps, and miscalculations involving nuclear weapons have come to light and continue to do so. In addition, there is the continuing risk of diversion of nuclear weapons to terrorist groups. While nuclear weapons continue to exist, the risk of their detonation cannot be eliminated.

On 7 July 2017 – following a decade of advocacy by sivil society around the world – an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It will enter into legal force once 50 nations have signed and ratified it.

Norwegian People's Aid are proud members of The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Please visit their webpage for updated information on nuclear weapons and the treaty.