United Nations: New draft treaty to ban nuclear weapons released ahead of UN negotiations
A draft treaty to ban nuclear weapons is now ready for negotiations at the United Nations. The draft “Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” would make it illegal to “develop, produce, manufacture or otherwise acquire”, to use nuclear weapons or to test them. Negotiations begin at UN headquarters in New York on 15 June through 7 July 2017.
The first draft of the treaty was released in Geneva, 22 May 2017. Elayne Whyte Gómez, the Costa Rican ambassador who is presiding over negotiations of the historic accord, presented the text to diplomats and members of civil society.
Pax Christi International and several of its members will be at the negotiations working for a strong, human-centered treaty, also as part of the efforts of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Our movement will organize a side- event on 30 June aimed at discussing ethical, humanitarian and faith-based assessments of the draft treaty.
Find all information regarding the negotiations here:
- To read our statement regarding the draft treaty and download it as PDF, click here.
- The draft treaty can be found on this website of ICAN.
- See also our previous statement with four calls to governments for a human-centered treaty.
- For more information about the Pax Christi International side-event go to this website.
- Watch a video by Susi Snyder, Nuclear Disarmament Programme Manager of our member organization PAX, explaining why this is such a historic moment (click on photo).
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