Holy See

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 20 September 2017

 

Summary

The Holy See has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature and ratification

Paul Gallagher, the secretary for relations with states of the Holy See, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. He deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on the same day.

Addressing the United Nations later that week, he said that the treaty “is one more blow on the anvil toward the fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks.’”

The Holy See was the equal first state to ratify the treaty.

Paul Gallagher, the secretary for relations with states of the Holy See, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

On a historic visit to the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in November 2019, Pope Francis, the sovereign of the Holy See, condemned the use and possession of nuclear weapons as “immoral”, and urged support for “the principal international legal instruments of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, including the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”.

In a statement to the United Nations in September 2019, the secretary of state of the Holy See, Pietro Parolin, hailed the treaty as “an important step towards a nuclear-weapons-free world”, and encouraged all signatory states “to ratify it as soon as possible”.

During a historic visit to Hiroshima in November 2019, Pope Francis urges nations to support the treaty. Photo: Holy See

Pope Francis convenes a conference at the Vatican in November 2017 with ICAN and other Nobel peace laureates. Photo: Holy See

 

Treaty negotiations

The Holy See participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In a statement to the negotiating conference, Pope Francis expressed his wish that the treaty-making process may “constitute a decisive step along the road towards a world without nuclear weapons”, which is “not beyond our reach”.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

[HIGHLIGHTS]

Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 20 September 2017

 

Summary

The Holy See has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature and ratification

Paul Gallagher, the secretary for relations with states of the Holy See, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. He deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on the same day.

Addressing the United Nations later that week, he said that the treaty “is one more blow on the anvil toward the fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks.’”

The Holy See was the equal first state to ratify the treaty.

Paul Gallagher, the secretary for relations with states of the Holy See, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

On a historic visit to the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in November 2019, Pope Francis, the sovereign of the Holy See, condemned the use and possession of nuclear weapons as “immoral”, and urged support for “the principal international legal instruments of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, including the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”.

In a statement to the United Nations in September 2019, the secretary of state of the Holy See, Pietro Parolin, hailed the treaty as “an important step towards a nuclear-weapons-free world”, and encouraged all signatory states “to ratify it as soon as possible”.

During a historic visit to Hiroshima in November 2019, Pope Francis urges nations to support the treaty. Photo: Holy See

Pope Francis convenes a conference at the Vatican in November 2017 with ICAN and other Nobel peace laureates. Photo: Holy See

 

Treaty negotiations

The Holy See participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In a statement to the negotiating conference, Pope Francis expressed his wish that the treaty-making process may “constitute a decisive step along the road towards a world without nuclear weapons”, which is “not beyond our reach”.

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