122 states reaffirm their support for the Nuclear Ban Treaty

November 2, 2018

Each year, the world gathers in New York to discuss disarmament and international security during the UNGA’s First Committee. Yesterday (nov 1, 2018), the First Committee passed a resolution supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and calling on all states to join it as soon as possible, by majority vote. 


Resolution L.24 :

  • Welcomes the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons1 on 7 July 2017 and all 70 states that have signed, ratified or acceded to the treaty so far
  • Calls upon all States that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve or accede to the Treaty at the earliest possible date
  • Calls upon those States in a position to do so to promote adherence to the Treaty through bilateral, subregional, regional and multilateral contacts, outreach and other means

The resolution was co-sponsored by 70 states, and received 122 votes in favour, 41 against and 15 abstentions. Read the full text of the resolution and find the list of co-sponsors here.

In addition to resolution L24, the First Committee approved another 20 resolutions and 3 decisions on nuclear disarmament, including a resolution on the “Humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons” presented by Austria, by which the Assembly would stress that it is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons never be used again, and emphasize that the only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons will never be used again is their total elimination.

  • 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