Booklet: The nuclear weapon ban treaty
November 28, 2017
Nuclear weapons threaten the very survival of humanity and our entire living planet. Their effects transcend national boundaries and span generations. They are immoral, illegitimate and now – at long last – illegal.
On 7 July 2017, following a decade of advocacy by ICAN and its partners, 122 nations voted to adopt a historic global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The treaty was negotiated at UN headquarters in New York over four weeks in 2017, with the participation of a great majority of the world’s nations. It is permanent in nature and will enter into legal force once 50 nations have formally ratified it.
Elayne Whyte Gómez, the Costa Rican ambassador who presided over the negotiations, remarked during the closing session: “We have managed to sow the first seeds of a world free of nuclear weapons.”