Nuclear risks and non-proliferation

On 10-11 November 2017, Pugwash Secretary-General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino participated in the conference Perspectives for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament held in the Vatican City. He presented his paper on Nuclear Risks, noting that the possession of nuclear weapons by some states greatly increases the dangers of their use, as well as contributes to pressure of future proliferation. The conference was held at the behest of Pope Francis, who became the first Pope to condemn the possession of nuclear weapons.

Prior to this conference, Cotta-Ramusino also participated in the XXth Edoardo Amaldi Conference, where he presented a paper on the Status of Nuclear Non-proliferation: Problems and Risks.