In 1996 the International Court of Justice ruled that the use of nuclear wepaons and the threat to use them are illegal. According to the Court negotiations about the abolition of these weapons has to start immediately. Since then Alyn Ware has worked to implement this decision. Inspite of the opposition of nuclear states like the US and Russia progress has been made, says Ware. China, India and Pakistan support negotiations about a complete ban on nukes. UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has presented a plan for a nuclear convention. Until a ban can be reached new Nuclear-Weapon-Free- Zones (NWFZ) should be implemented. At this point there are Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zones in Latin America and the Caribean, the Antarctic, South Pacific, South East Asia and Africa.
Alyn Ware, Member of the World Future Council and Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Right Livelihood Award laureate