Tweet for the Nuclear Ban Treaty: urge these countries to sign on September 26th

September 14, 2018

September 26th is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, and with many heads of state already attending an event about nuclear disarmament at the UN General Assembly, it’s an ideal moment to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Our campaigners are working hard behind the scenes to encourage as many countries as they can to sign and ratify the treaty on the day. But a little loving nudge can go a long way, so will you tweet some encouragement to the countries below to sign the #nuclearban?

Who should I tweet at?

Any country that is not on this list:

+ Countries that have signed, ratified or acceded to the treaty to date:

Signed: Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo,Cote d’Ivoire, DRC (Congo), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana,Guatemala,Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Laos, Libya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, St Vincent & Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, South Africa, Togo, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Ratified: Austria, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guyana,Holy See, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Palestine, Thailand, Uraguay, Venezuela, Vietnam
Acceded: Cook Islands

You can make the tweet visible to people in the country by using relevant hashtags  (e.g. #Argentina for Argentina or #Australia and #Auspol for Australia), or by using twitter’s user search function to find the country’s foreign ministry

What should I tweet?

That’s up to you, though it really helps to be kind, clear and specific. Kind, because nobody likes a troll. Clear because you want to give your government an unmistakeable signal that nuclear weapons are unacceptable and the Nuclear Ban Treaty is the only way forward. 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. And specific, because there is a really clear thing you want them to do: sign the nuclear Ban Treaty as soon as possible.

So consider something like:  ”Nuclear weapons are inhumane, immoral and illegal. I believe that a world without them is possible and we should do our part to get there! This country should sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on September 26th. #nuclearban” (where you replace THIS COUNTRY of the country you had in mind, obviously!)

Tweet now

  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate