In December 2016, the UN General Assembly voted on a historic resolution to launch negotiations for a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. These negotiations are taking place in New York in March, June and July 2017. The map visualizes where countries are in their position for supporting this important UN nuclear weapons disarmament initiative.
Red = 'No' Vote
Green = "Yes" Vote
Orange = Abstain / Unclear (no vote)
Interestingly, only four years earlier - when the negotiations were first discussed at the UN - only four countries in the World voted against starting the nuclear ban negotiations: US, Russia, France, and UK.
In December 2012 it seemed like the ban is all but certain. And in 2013 the idea received even more support (see the map below). So what has happened to those governments that back then were "Deeply concerned about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons"?