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IN THIS ISSUE

Since the Nuclear non-Proliferation

Treaty entered into force in 1970, the

parties have met regularly to review the

treaty under the auspices of the UN,

with more or less success. The 2000

NPT RevCon turned out an unexpected

success, ending in an agreement with

thirteen practical steps towards fulfilling

Article VI of the treaty. A hope for nonproliferation

and nuclear disarmament

was created. But alas, the hope was

quenched by the complete failure of the

2005 NPT RevCon! Henrik Salander, in

his article “Reaching Nuclear Disarmament

– from Visions to Reality”, discusses

this and what hopes there may be

for the 2010 RevCon. And the 2010

RevCon is also the main reason for this

special issue of our journal. Civil society

must engage to put pressure on governments

before the NPT RevCon to make

it a success. Our ambition is to deliver a

package of high quality articles on nuclear

weapons issues to be used in lobbying

and discussions with politicians and

other decision makers. Please read also

Ray Acheson on what you can do from

your home for the NPT and for nuclear

disarmament.

The outlawing of nuclear weapons by

a Nuclear Weapons Convention might

seem a naive and unrealistic idea. Hans

2 | LÄKARE MOT KÄRNVAPEN 2010 # 120

Front cover:

Hiroshima on

August 6, 2009:

tens of thousands of

peace lanterns on

river Ota

Photo: Wenjing Tao

SVENSKA LÄKARE MOT KÄRNVAPEN

Informationsblad nr 120, feb 2010

ISSN: 1400-2256 Upplaga: ca 1500 ex

Corell, former Legal Counsel of the UN,

thinks differently. From a legal point of

view it is feasible albeit complex to negotiate

a convention prohibiting nuclear

weapons. And the necessary legal expertise

is there — it is only a question of

political will. Actually there is already a

Model Convention available, “drafted by

a team that included lawyers, scientists,

political analysts and former diplomats”

as writes Merav Datan in her article

“The irresistible logic of a Nuclear

Weapons Convention”. She was one of

the main contributors to the Model

NWC, published in 1997.

Do nuclear weapons give safety? This

is certainly an argument for keeping the

weapons often heard from nuclear possessors.

Peace researcher Peter Wallensteen

explains why this is not true; as an

example he discusses the relations

between India and Pakistan which have

not improved since 1998 when they

both performed nuclear tests. Read the

article – it is interesting and, indeed,

important.

Nuclear winter – we have heard it

before. In the 1980s there was much talk

about the catastrophic climate consequences

of an all out nuclear war. New

research now tells us more: even a

regional nuclear war, using a tiny frac-

From the editors

The editors wish to thank John

Loretz and Wendi Berman for

English proofreading.

Jan Larsson, Ulf König, Josefin Lind

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tion of total world arsenals, would result

in a decrease of global temperature and

the death of as much as one billion people,

mainly due to starvation. These

appalling facts are presented to us by

Steven Starr, a highly qualified specialist

in the field.

Spreading the knowledge about

nuclear weapons is important but not

easy. The Swedish section of IPPNW has

created a web based education tool, now

available in Swedish, English and

Norwegian: www.learnaboutnukes.org

Nuclear bomb or nuclear power,

which one came first? And which is the

connection between these two intertwined

phenomena? Stefan Björnson

from the Swedish Scientists and

Engineers against Nuclear Arms explains

to us.

Claes Andreasson is an independent

public radio producer based in Los

Angeles who regularly gives us updated

articles on nuclear issues as seen from the

US horizon. In this number he gives us

the history of Missile Defence: “To hit a

bullet with a bullet”.

Finally, try the nuclear quiz on the

back-cover. After reading the journal it

should not be all that difficult. Sorry, no

prices given except your own satisfaction!

Ulf König, Jan Larsson

LÄKARE MOT KÄRNVAPEN is a

quarterly journal published by the orga-

nization Svenska Läkare mot

Kärnvapen (SLMK), the Swedish affili-

ate of International Physicians for the

Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

SLMK has 3 000 physicians and medi-

cal students as members and IPPNW

consists of about 150 000 physicians in

approximately 50 countries all over the

world. SLMK and IPPNW is a non-par-

tisan organization and is based on vol-

untary work. Through raising opinion

and dialogue with decision makers we

promote what most people want to

achieve – a nuclear free world. IPPNW

is based in Boston and is led by three

co-presidents.

Key to quiz

1C, 2A, 3B, 4C, 5B, 6C, 7B, 8C, 9B, 10A

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