The United Nations conference on a nuclear weapons ban opens in New York City on Monday, March 27. The purpose of the conference is to “negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading toward their total elimination,” a press release said.
Ralph Hutchison, coordinator of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, will be presenting in a side event during the conference on Tuesday, March 28, with colleagues from other nuclear weapons sites, the press release said. The panel discussion, “US Nuclear Modernization Under President Trump: Implications for the Ban Treaty Process,” was organized by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. The focus will be on U.S. efforts to modernize the entire nuclear weapons program, the release said.
Hutchison will be joining Jay Coghlan of Nuclear Watch New Mexico; Marylia Kelley of TriValley CAREs in Livermore, California; Rick Wayman of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Matthew McKinzie of the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists.
“The U.S. government refused to support the call for this conference,” Hutchison said in the press release, “and it is unlikely that we will participate. So it is up to us to explain the U.S. plan to modernize our nuclear weapons stockpile, production facilities, delivery vehicles—basically the entire nuclear weapons enterprise.”
OREPA is a member of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability an accredited nongovernmental organization, or NGO, with the United Nations and has participated in events for nearly a decade, the press release said.
“It will be wonderful to have a chance to talk with our colleagues in other NGOs around the world during the conference,” said Hutchison.
The UN Ban Treaty Conference will run until March 31, then will break until it resumes in a June/July session.