One year on: 5 things you can do to support the Nuclear Ban Treaty

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This weekend marked an important day for our movement: the Nuclear Ban Treaty’s first birthday! One year ago, on July 7th, 2017 the UN adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

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What a year!

The day after the Nuclear Ban Treaty was adopted, campaigners went straight back to work to ensure that 50 countries join – that is, sign and ratify – the treaty as soon as possible, so that it enters into force. To date, 59 countries have signed the treaty and last Thursday, Costa Rica’s ratification brought the number of States Party to the Treaty to 11!

In December, the campaign had another reason to celebrate: ICAN had the incredible honour of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for our work to achieve this treaty. This has not only helped raise the profile of the campaign, opening doors and new opportunities for conversation, but has also allowed us to set up the 1000 Day Fund to support initiatives that push towards the entry into force of the Treaty. But the loudest endorsement the treaty doesn’t come from the UN, or parliamentarians, or even the Nobel Committee. It comes from hopeful, determined people all around the world. New polls released this week show that a vast majority of Italian, German, Belgian, Dutch and French citizens, want their governments to join the Nuclear Ban Treaty.

So one year on, we are well on track, but there is still work to be done. And everybody can help!

Five things you can do to support the Nuclear Ban Treaty

  1. Join the movement: To stop nuclear weapons, we need everyone: doctors, unions, diplomats, activists, moms, dads, students, friends… and you! Sign up to receive updates on the treaty and ways to take action
  2.  The way we talk about nuclear weapons must reflect their real, unacceptable impact on human beings. So listen to the stories of the survivors of nuclear weapons use and testing and share them far and wide. 
  3. Pressure your elected officials to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, encourage them to take the Parliamentary Pledge
  4. Every time someone speaks up against nuclear weapons and says: “I believe nuclear weapons are inhumane, immoral and illegal. All countries should join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” it chips away at their legitimacy. So say it, loud and often. And if you’re in a country that endorses nuclear weapons, demand change!
  5. Stop investments in nuclear weapons. Under the Nuclear Ban Treaty it will not only be illegal to produce nuclear weapons, it will also be illegal to bankroll them. Many banks are already getting ahead of the curve by pulling out of investing in companies that engage in nuclear weapons activities.  Tell your bank: #DontBankontheBomb
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