In support of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), Norwegian People’s Aid is now establishing the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor, which will be a de facto monitoring regime for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

The research program will monitor and advance universalization and faithful implementation of the TPNW as well as progress towards a world free of nuclear weapons. The Monitor will reinforce the legitimacy of the TPNW as a legal and political tool and end-point in nuclear disarmament efforts, towards which all states must move.

It will strengthen the efforts of the majority of states that reject nuclear weapons, and contribute to the stigmatization of continued reliance on nuclear deterrence and actions that prevent progress in nuclear disarmament.

The programme will be managed by Norwegian People’s Aid, which is a central organization in ICAN’s International Steering Group, in support of ICAN and its objectives.

The Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor will measure progress related to signature, ratification, enforcement and universalization of the TPNW. It will also assess the performance of all states (signatories, States party to and States not party to) in relation to the provisions and norms of the TPNW, including each of the specific prohibitions contained in Article 1, the positive obligations on victim assistance and environmental remediation in Article 6, and reporting obligations.

The Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor will provide governments, parliamentarians, the media, think-tanks, the academic community and civil society with an accessible and trusted long-term source of well-documented information on progress made in and analysis of, the key challenges.

Source: Norweigian People’s Aid

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