World's Best Disarmament Policies

Learn more about the 2013 Future Policy Award winners and honorary mentions in our brochure 'Celebrating the World's Best Disarmament Policies'.

Nuclear Disarmament

This website aims to help legislators, decision makers and other people involved to introduce or improve policies that support nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, either in their country or region. To this end it identifies existing exemplary policies in the field of nuclear disarmament, provides detailed information on these policies and makes recommendations for further parliamentary action.

Photo of nuclear explosion
"Castle Romeo" atmospheric test

The policies highlighted here of course represent but a fraction of many options available; their inclusion is based on criteria of effectiveness and feasibility. Importantly, these policies are part of a comprehensive approach to nuclear disarmament. Considering the existential risks inherent to the nuclear weapons complex we believe such an approach is necessary to effectively deal with key non-proliferation and disarmament issues. Although important, arms control agreements, such as the Intermediate Range Forces (INF) Treaty and START Treaties, are not featured here as they are part of an incremental approach to nuclear disarmament.

Next to such domestic and regional policies, it is essential that States ratify the key nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament treaties (e.g. Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty) and work to set up new multilateral mechanisms (e.g. Fissile Material (Cut-Off) Treaty). Importantly, all States should honour their disarmament obligations under international law and start good faith negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention or framework of agreements.