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Most Italians want a nuclear ban. Will the new government sign on?

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01.10.2019

Interview. We spoke with three Nobel Peace Prize winners about the prospect of a global nuclear weapons ban treaty. ‘If Italy were to take this step, it would be significant.’

written by Rachele Gonnelli

Topic Italy

ROME

October 1, 2019

“We hope to reach the stage of the global ratification of the treaty banning nuclear weapons by 2020, and we are confident that Italy will do its part,” says Susi Snyder, a nuclear disarmament manager by profession, the leader of the PAX No Nukes project and coordinator of the Don’t Bank on the Bomb campaign.

While not downplaying the risk of a new escalation, she is tentatively optimistic. We met her in a bar in Borgo Pio, together with the British researcher Elisabeth Minor and Francesco Vignarca of Rete Disarmo, all of them members of the board of ICAN, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for starting the process of the signing of this new treaty. They are in Rome for a conference at the Vatican. It’s an opportunity to take stock of the current situation and the “risk of nuclear extinction” that we are still facing.

We would do well to remember that ignoring climate issues is not the only thing that can lead to the destruction of life on Earth—and that the global architecture for mutual checks between the two great powers of the Cold War has been progressively dismantled, as a result of the handiwork of Trump’s........

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