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Hi, this is Michelle, and today we’re hearing calls on Switzerland to quit dragging its feet and join the global ban on weapons of mass destruction it helped write.

We’re also reporting on recommendations from the UN to protect the world’s largest collection of coral reefs and renewed criticism from Ukraine on the ICRC for not doing enough to access prisoners.

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Michelle Langrand


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United Nations delegates arrive for the signing Ceremony for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons during the 2nd day of the General Debate of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at at UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 September 2017 (Keystone/EPA/Peter Foley)

Humanitarian and political figures tell Switzerland to join global ban on nuclear weapons. ICRC former president Jakob Kellenberger and former Swiss foreign minister Micheline Calmy-Rey are the latest in a list of high-profile names to join a call for Switzerland to sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Despite helping draft the text in 2017, Switzerland has so far stalled signing the agreement, claiming incompatibility with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and a risk of political fallout with NATO states – almost all of which refused to participate in the process.

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