The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted in 2017, is now halfway towards entering into force. This important milestone was reached on 6 August, the anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, when Bolivia became the 25th nation to ratify the treaty.
At a press conference on Friday July 12th, 2019, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom announced that Sweden will not currently sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). This is a disappointing decision that damages Sweden’s historic reputation as a leader on disarmament.
On July 7th, 2017, the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was adopted by the 122 nations in the UN. Today, ICAN is marking the second anniversary by releasing a new campaigner’s guide to the signature and ratification of the TPNW.
In January this year, former Swedish diplomat Lars-Erik Lundin published his inquiry into Sweden and the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). He concluded that Sweden should not join the TPNW “in its present form”. New information raises major questions around the methods and transparency of the inquiry.
On June 19th and 20th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guyana and ICAN convened a Caribbean Regional Forum on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to take stock of the Treaty from a regional perspective, and to canvas progress for the early signature and ratification by all countries in the region.
Member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) played a leading role in the negotiation and adoption of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) – the first global, legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons. The principled support of CARICOM states for the TPNW and its continued strong commitment to realizing a world without nuclear weapons are demonstrated through the signature and ratification of the TPNW. This paper addresses why it is so critical for CARICOM states to adhere to the TPNW as a matter of urgency.
A new documentary from ICAN partner, Pressenza, telling the story of how the movement to end nuclear weapons succeeded in achieving the UN Treaty that bans them, will be premiered in New York this Thursday, June 6th.
This week, ICAN campaigners from Nigeria, Ghana and Togo will be addressing the ECOWAS Parliament about West African leadership in achieving a world without nuclear weapons, through the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). ECOWAS is the regional economic union of fifteen West African Countries.