18 Dec 2017

Nobel prize lends momentum to nuclear weapon prohibition treaty

From , 5:02 am on 18 December 2017

Efforts to have fifty countries ratify a global treaty to ban nuclear weapons are picking up pace.

This comes as the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Campaign, a coalition of NGOs, organised the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which was adopted in July by 122 states in the UN General Assembly.

New Zealand's Ambassador on Disarmament, Dell Higgie told Johnny Blades that the Nobel Prize has helped give the treaty a lot publicity.

The Bravo hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954 was the largest U.S. nuclear weapons test ever conducted. The 15 megaton blast exposed thousands of Marshall Islanders and Americans to radioactive fallout.

The Bravo hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954 was the largest U.S. nuclear weapons test ever conducted. The 15 megaton blast exposed thousands of Marshall Islanders and Americans to radioactive fallout. Photo: RNZI/Giff Johnson