Policy Brief 3 – Nuclear Weapons: Global Governance Failing to Meet the Challenge

  • Jun 20, 2013

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The architecture of nuclear-­weapons global governance includes the Nuclear Non-­ Proliferation Treaty (NPT); the Nuclear Security Summits (NSS); and blue ribbon international commissions, the most recent of which was the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND). With other similar efforts, these have provided authoritative roadmaps to walk the world back from the nuclear cliff to the relative safety of a less heavily nuclearized world in the short and medium terms, and a denuclearized world in the long term. The Canberra-based Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (CNND) is a concrete example of civil society activity in global governance, including monitoring state performance against international norms. Its inaugural report records modest pockets of progress against a deeper background of disappointments on the agreed action points and recommendations of the NPT Review Conference, the NSS and the ICNND.