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African Perspectives on Denuclearisation and the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes

  • Daniel MekonnenEmail author
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Abstract

In recent years, African countries have demonstrated enhanced levels of participation in the global denuclearisation agenda. This is partly attributed to a stimulus injected by a new international movement, known as the ‘humanitarian initiative’, an approach that heralded significant departure from the traditional security-oriented discourse on nuclear weapons. The momentum created by the ‘humanitarian initiative’ has not only led to the adoption of a new treaty on the abolition of nuclear weapons, but also it has strong resonance with the well-known African humanist philosophical thought, the hallmarks of which include emphasis on communality, the interdependence of the members of a community and the peaceful coexistence of human beings. Building on its recognised status as the largest continental bloc in the history of the creation of nuclear-weapon-free zones (NWFZs), and the host of the only country in the world that has voluntarily given up on its nuclear disarmament (South Africa), Africa also portrays dependable potential in shaping global discourses on denuclearisation.

Keywords

Humanitarian Impact Pelindaba Treaty Denuclearisation Disarmament Non-Proliferation Ubuntu African Union Indigenous Knowledge System 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GenevaSwitzerland

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