This briefing paper provides an overview and recommendations for establishing an international trust fund for victim assistance and environmental remediation in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
In the Vienna Action Plan adopted at the First Meeting of States Parties, states agreed to discuss the “feasibility of, and propose possible guidelines for” establishing an international trust fund that could provide financial support to victim assistance and environmental remediation activities (action 29).
This briefing note provides ICAN’s views on key questions on establishing an international trust fund, including who should be allowed to contribute to the fund and eligible to receive funds, what types of projects should be funded, who should make disbursement decisions and the length and size of grants, and what reporting, accountability and administrative structures are necessary. In general, ICAN’s view is that a voluntary international trust fund should be established by TPNW states parties with the purpose and mandate of advancing the humanitarian goals and purpose of the treaty and its positive obligations. The trust fund should focus on making a practical, humanitarian impact with and for affected communities through victim assistance and environmental remediation.
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