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The global pandemic is causing great human suffering and placing a strain on international cooperation and diplomacy. It has also laid bare the need to define security based on human needs, rather than military might. In recognition, 180 UN member states have supported the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire, and countries have continued to join key humanitarian disarmament efforts.
For example, the Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons is nearing the 50-state threshold needed for its entry into force. More countries have become states parties to the Arms Trade Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. States and partners continue to implement the Mine Ban Treaty. Efforts to address explosive weapons in populated areas, conflict pollution, and the development of killer robots also proceed.
But, in too many places, we see a shrinking of civil society space. And the pace of diplomatic progress has slowed.
An open letter from more than 250 organizations calls on states to follow the lead of humanitarian disarmament in their responses to the pandemic, and “prioritize human security, reallocate military spending to humanitarian causes, work to eliminate inequalities, ensure multilateral fora incorporate diverse voices, and bring a cooperative mindset to problems of practice and policy.”
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