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Ireland and Nuclear Disarmament

Disarmament and Non-Proliferation has been a signature foreign policy priority for Ireland since the very earliest days of our UN membership in the mid-1950s.

Over many decades since then, we have worked with key partner states to promote necessary and urgent progress on nuclear disarmament.

These efforts have delivered results, ranging from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that entered into force in 1970 through to the agreement concluded in Dublin in 2008 on a Convention that outlaws all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions.

Later this month (March 2017), negotiations on a new legal instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination, will begin at the United Nations in New York. These will be the first negotiations of this kind to get underway in over 20 years.

Disarmament and Non-Proliferation has been a signature foreign policy priority for Ireland since the very earliest days of our UN membership in the mid-1950s.

Disarmament and Non-Proliferation is key to conflict prevention and post-conflict resolution. A good example of this has been Ireland’s work to support landmine clearance in a range of global locations, including Kosovo, Serbia and Mozambique.

Ireland attaches great importance to addressing the spread of small arms and light weapons, including illegal and irresponsible arms transfers in fragile states and regions already afflicted by conflict.

Ireland also prioritises the issue of gender and disarmament. We have supported research on how conventional and nuclear weapons impact particularly upon women and girls, underlining the importance of ensuring greater diversity in all disarmament discussions.

Source: Désarmement et non-prolifération