NEARING THE GOAL OF UNIVERSALITY
One of the objectives of the CWC Coalition has been to promote “universality” – that is, full international membership of the CWC. The ESS Programme therefore organized a roundtable discussion in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on 8-13 November, 2014 with academic, civil society, and government experts. They looked at what would convince Israel to ratify the CWC. The event was co-organized by the Israeli Disarmament Movement and included a meeting with Knesset members as well. Myanmar/Burma, which was another focus of ESS efforts, joined the CWC in 2015, leaving only five countries – Angola, Egypt, Israel, South Sudan, and North Korea – outside of the Convention. The CWC has 191 State Parties today, representing 98 per cent of the world’s population, making it the most comprehensive abolition regime.