September 2015

Nordic Countries Should Support a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty


By Tytti Erasto

While united in their concern over the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, none of the Nordic countries have yet joined the humanitarian pledge to fill the legal gap with respect to these weapons and international humanitarian law. Only in Norway is that option being debated, but NATO membership seems to place limits on the country’s ability to promote this cause.

Kazakhstan will make every effort to protect nuclear bank from terrorists: Kazakh Foreign Minister Idrissov


Kazakhstan and the International Atomic Energy Agency have signed the agreement that establishes the international nuclear fuel bank on the territory of Kazakhstan to provide fuel to countries that do not possess their own uranium enrichment technologies and prevent nuclear proliferation.

The UN at 70


By Jeffrey D. Sachs

The United Nations will mark its 70th anniversary when world leaders assemble next month at its headquarters in New York. Though there will be plenty of fanfare, it will inadequately reflect the UN’s value, not only as the most important political innovation of the twentieth century, but also as the best bargain on the planet. But if the UN is to continue to fulfill its unique and vital global role in the twenty-first century, it must be upgraded in three key ways.