The Humanitarian Disarmament Initiatives is the pillar for NPA’s work to help develop and promote policies, rules and norms that can restrict and eventually end the use of weapons with indiscriminate effects. This is another path for NPA to save lives.
Building on experience from NPA contributions to the processes that successfully banned antipersonnel mines and cluster munitions, NPA helps define and engage on further unresolved or emerging agendas for Humanitarian Disarmament.
NPA’s concrete Humanitarian Disarmament initiatives are currently the use of explosive weapons in populated areas ( EWIPA ), toxic remnants of war ( TRW ), and nuclear weapons. NPA aims to help stigmatize EWIPA and build the international discourse on this agenda, to establish itself as a strong international advocate for a prohibition on nuclear weapons, and to help promote the imperative of preventing potential hazards to human health and the environment because of TRW released during military activities. In pursuing this work, NPA places great emphasis on active participation in relevant international civil society networks, with a primary focus on the International Network on Explosive Weapons ( INEW ), the Toxic Remnants of War Network ( TRWN ), and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ( ICAN ).
Additional issues may be taken up where a pressing need is identified and where NPA can make a difference. If and when relevant field opportunities arise, NPA documents, researches and analyses the impact on civilians and the environment of relevant categories of weapons or methods warfare and bring field realities to the attention of policy makers. Where necessary, NPA also develops operational responses.