Six countries want to ban nuclear weapons
Six non-nuclear countries called the UN General Assembly Wednesday to legally ban nuclear weapons in hopes of its "total elimination" one day, ABC News.
Diplomats from Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa issued a draft text that convenes for a 20 working days UN conference next year to draw up a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
The text urges states "to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons "that would aim one day for their "total elimination."
The draft also calls countries to apply working group recommendations to increase transparency about the risks of nuclear weapons, enact measures to reduce the risk of accidental or unauthorized detonations, and raise awareness about the consequences of a detonation.
Austria's permanent representative in Geneva, Thomas Hajnoczi, called the text a "big step" and expects a vote on the text by a UN committee on disarmament around November 1.