Good news!!! On Saturday October 24, 2020, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), announced the government of Honduras completed its ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), bringing the treaty to the 50-state threshold required for entry into force. In 90 days, the TPNW will take effect as international law! It will prohibit the participating countries from developing, possessing, testing, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons, allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory, or assisting others to engage in such activities. The participating countries are also required to assist the victims of nuclear testing and use, and take action to restore contaminated environments.
Shamefully, the United States and the other countries which now possess nuclear weapons have boycotted the negotiations and have not signed the treaty. Nevertheless, the fact that these horrific weapons are now illegal creates a powerful tool that we can use to push forward for the abolition of these weapons which must never be used. It’s up to us to push our government to adhere to international law and abide by this treaty. Send a message to your elected officials now!
Let’s get NYC to join the cities supporting the ban. Learn more here about cities which are supporting the Treaty.