Despite arm-twisting and vocal opposition from nuclear powers like the United States, six non-nuclear countries urged the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday to work toward a “legally-binding” accord to ban nuclear weapons in hopes of ridding them from the planet altogether one day.

The countries – Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa – sent world diplomats a draft text that calls for a U.N. conference next year to draw up a treaty banning nuclear weapons, diplomats said. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the text, which is to be considered at the U.N. in New York starting next month. Continue Reading.