On the 7th July 2017, more than 120 countries agreed to an historic United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The treaty follows decades of grassroots campaigning across the world. CND has been calling for a global ban on nuclear weapons since its founding in 1958 and we are delighted at the development. More than 130 countries took part in the first round of discussions, with many citing the previous prohibitions achieved on chemical weapons, biological weapons and cluster munitions.
The UK government has continually boycotted the process, despite claiming that it plays a “full and active role in the UN First Committee on disarmament and international security”. As the first round of talks got underway the UK ambassador chose to stand shoulder to shoulder with Donald Trump’s representative as they denounced the efforts to bring about a nuclear free world.
Successive UK government have stated their support for multilateral nuclear disarmament, but fail to take action to match the rhetoric. Theresa May has a chance to bring about a more peaceful world by banning nuclear weapons.
CND has been campaigning for global abolition of nuclear weapons for decades and will continue to urge the government to sign up to the treaty once it is finalised.
Please add your name to the calls for Britain to support the ban on nuclear weapons. Read more and send your letter here