UN Conference Adopts Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

Today, 7 July 2017 – Countries met at the  United Nations conference in New York to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament negotiated in 20 years. The treaty adopted by a vote of 122 in favour, to one against (Netherlands), with one abstention (Singapore). The treaty prohibits a full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as-  undertaking to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the use or threat of use of these weapons.

However, the treaty suffered great power backing. United States, Russia and other nuclear-weapon States, as well as many of their allies stayed out of the negotiations. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) did not join the talks either.

The treaty will be open for signature to all States at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, and enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries. Read more: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57139#.WV_7r7Io_MI

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