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28/06/2021

Complicit: Nuclear Weapons Spending Increased in 2020 by $137,666… Every Minute!

By the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)*

$72.6 billion is how much nine nuclear armed countries spent on their nuclear weapons as the pandemic spread in 2020 and a global treaty banning nuclear weapons took full effect.

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The report “Complicit: 2020 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending” details the spending of these nine countries on their arsenals, the companies that profited, and the lobbyists hired to keep nuclear weapons in business.

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11/06/2021

Complicit: Nuclear Weapons Spending Increased by $1.4 Billion in 2020

$72.6 billion is how much nine nuclear armed countries spent on their nuclear weapons as the pandemic spread in 2020 and a global treaty banning nuclear weapons took full effect.

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The report “Complicit: 2020 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending” details the spending of these nine countries on their arsenals, the companies that profited, and the lobbyists hired to keep nuclear weapons in business.

This amounts to $137,666 every minute, and (after adjusting for inflation) represents an increase of $1.4 billion from last year. 

The U.S. spent three times more than the next in line- a whopping $37.4 billion.

China was the only other country crossing the ten billion mark, spending $10.1 billion.

Russia had the third highest spending at $8 billion, though the U.K.’s $6.2 billion and the French $5.7 billion weren’t so far behind. 

India, Israel, Pakistan also each spent over a billion on their arsenals, while North Korea spent $667 million.

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22/01/2021

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Comes into Force

Human Wrongs Watch

22 January 2021 (UN News)*The first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than two decades, came into force just after midnight on Friday [22 January 2021], hailed by the UN Secretary-General as “an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons”.

UN Photo/DB | The remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building, after the dropping of the atomic bomb, in Hiroshima, Japan. This site was later preserved as a monument.

António Guterres said that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) also represents a “strong demonstration of support for multilateral approaches to nuclear disarmament” overall.

In a video message and statement, the UN chief commended the States that have ratified the Treaty and welcomed the “instrumental role of civil society in advancing the TPNW’s negotiation and entry into force”.

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26/10/2020

UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Set to Enter into Force in January

Human Wrongs Watch

25 October 2020 (UN News)* — In what leading campaigners are describing as “a new chapter for nuclear disarmament”, the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will now come into force on 22 January, after Honduras became the 50th Member State to ratify on Saturday [25 October 2020].

US Government | An atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States at Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 1 November 1952.
03/10/2020

The Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Is Vital to the ‘Survival of Life on This Planet’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The elimination of nuclear weapons is vital to the “survival of life on this planet”, the UN chief told the final major event of the General Assembly’s high level week on Friday [2 October 2020].

Unsplash/Burgess Milner | At the height of the Cold War, more fallout shelters were built as the perceived threat from nuclear war increased.
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Secretary-General António Guterres told delegates gathered to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, it was the only way “to completely eliminate nuclear risk.”

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26/09/2020

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

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Sculpture depicting St. George slaying the dragon. The dragon is created from fragments of Soviet SS-20 and United States Pershing nuclear missiles. PHOTO:UN Photo/Milton Grant

(United Nations)* — Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. It was the subject of the General Assembly’s first resolution in 1946, which established the Atomic Energy Commission (dissolved in 1952), with a mandate to make specific proposals for the control of nuclear energy and the elimination of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.

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10/08/2020

‘Young People Have a Major Role to Play in Ridding the World of Nuclear Weapons’

Human Wrongs Watch

10 August 2020 (UN News)* — Nuclear weapons are still one of the most serious threats to mankind, and the dangers are growing. Young people can play an important role in ensuring that they are eliminated once and for all, says the UN’s top disarmament official, ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August.

Hiroshima City | The UN Under-Secretary-General of Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu (centre) meets young people in Japan at an event focused on the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the establishment of the UN.
18/06/2020

When Old Age Catches Up, Even Nuclear Weapons Go into Retirement

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 16 2020 (IPS)* – The world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons—estimated at over 13,400 at the beginning of 2020 – have a least one thing in common with humans: they are “retired” when they reach old age.

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The 2020 Yearbook, released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute .(SIPRI), says there was a decrease in the number of nuclear weapons worldwide in 2019.

And this was largely due to the dismantlement of “retired nuclear weapons” by Russia and the US—which together possess over 90 per cent of global nuclear weapons.

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31/05/2020

Enough Is Enough: Global Nuclear Weapons Spending 2019

Human Wrongs Watch

By ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons*

$72.9 billion. That’s how much nine countries spent on nuclear weapons in 2019. In a just-released report, ICAN produced the first estimate in nearly a decade of global nuclear weapon spending, taking into account costs to maintain and build new nuclear weapons.

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That amounts to $138,699 spent in the world on nuclear weapons per minute. Global nuclear spending rose $7.1 billion from 2018, in line with total military spending which rose dramatically from 2018 to 2019.

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31/05/2020

The Environmental Legacy of Nuclear Weapons Production: Five Case Studies

Human Wrongs Watch

By ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons*

Nuclear weapons production leaves a nasty legacy both for people and the environment. Around the world, nuclear weapons facilities have contaminated land and water with radioactive waste lasting at least 100,000 years. Efforts to clean up the sites have cost billions of dollars over decades – and are still largely unfinished.

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The five case studies below provide just a preliminary look into the devastating global environmental consequences of building the bomb.

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