Pax Christi International organizes two side-events during the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty negotiations


Pax Christi International is organizing, in cooperation with its representatives, members and partners, two side-events during the second round of negotiations for a nuclear weapons ban taking place at the UN in New York from 15 June to 7 July 2017. For our movement it is very important to be actively present, as during this negotiation session UN member states will negotiate the draft treaty text for a nuclear weapons ban.


Film Screening and Discussion: "The Nuns, the Priests and the Bomb", Thursday 29 June 2017, at 6:15 pm, United Nations, Trusteeship Chamber (Entrance on 44th St. & First Ave.)

In July 2012 three intruders broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex, which stores enough highly enriched uranium to make some 10,000 nuclear bombs, in Tennessee. The break-in, described by The New York Times, as the most serious security breach in the history of the U.S. atomic complex, sent shock waves throughout the federal government, when it turned out the intruders were an 82-year-old Catholic nun and two fellow peace activists. Since then, for disarmament activists the struggle for abolition has never stopped.  This film profiles the people on the frontlines of this movement.

Find the invitation here.


Panel Discussion “‘Is the Draft up to the Task? Ethical, Humanitarian and Faith-based Assessments”, Friday 30 June 2017, 13.15 – 14.30 hours, CR B

The panel discussion aims at assessing and evaluating with negotiators, representatives of civil society and others the nuclear weapons ban treaty text on the negotiating table regarding its human-centeredness. The discussion will address some of the following issues: what are the key moral and ethical aspects of the draft, especially its preamble, prohibitions and core principles? How do these values inform and affect the treaty’s ‘human-centered’ provisions, those that have most to do with human security and the integrity of creation?  If the treaty is not yet up its tasks, how can it be strengthened?


Marie Dennis, Co-President, Pax Christi International
Fernando Luque Márquez, Counselor of the UN Mission of Ecuador
Gerry Lee, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Susi Snyder, Nuclear Disarmament Programme Manager, PAX

Chair: Mr. Jonathan Frerichs, Disarmament Representative Pax Christi International and World Council of Churches

You can find the link to the invitation for the 30 June panel discussion here.

You can find our standpoints and text proposals regarding the draft treaty text on our website.

For information: Alice Kooij Martinez, Advocacy Officer, Pax Christi International 




These actions reflect our advocacy priority Nuclear weapons ban treaty. Find out more.




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