The stirring condemnation of nuclear weapons by Pope Francis today at the United Nations and his call for their prohibition and complete elimination in compliance with promises made in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), signed by the US in 1970, 45 years ago, should give new momentum to the current campaign to start negotiations on a ban treaty.
UN Secretary-General’s Message for Sep 26, 2015
The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the first and last use of a nuclear weapon in war.
The norm against the use of nuclear weapons – the most destructive weapons ever created, with potentially unparalleled human costs – has stood strong for seven decades. But the only absolute guarantee that they are never used again is through their total elimination.
In a powerful panel on 10 September, various speakers at the United Nations including the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) himself, highlighted the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons detonations, called for the entry-into-force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and promoted global nuclear abolition.
The event commemorated the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, which was established by the UN General Assembly at the suggestion of the government of Kazakhstan. The official commemoration date is 29 August, the anniversary of the closure of the Soviet nuclear test site in Semipalatinsk following a successful civil society campaign. Read more »