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United Nations Conference Adopting Legally Binding Draft Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 7th July, 2017

By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly had decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly had encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference and decided that it shall convene in New York, under the rules of procedure of the General Assembly unless otherwise agreed by the Conference, with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives. The Conference was held in New York from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July. The Conference also held a one-day organizational session in New York on 16 February 2017.
The decision to convene the Conference followed the recommendation of the open-ended working group on taking forward multilateral disarmament negotiations, convened pursuant to resolution 70/33. The open-ended working group, chaired by Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi (Thailand), speci…