Disarmament & Security Centre
Christchurch, New Zealand
www.disarmsecure.org
MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
United Nations Headquarters
New York
5 July 2017
UN to adopt historic ban on nuclear weapons
The United Nations is set to make history on Friday, when it is due to adopt a treaty banning nuclear weapons, breaking a 20-year-plus deadlock in nuclear disarmament. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was negotiated by more than 130 UN members, with input from international civil society and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement . The Treaty explicitly bans the use, development, testing, production, manufacture, acquisition, possession, stockpiling and transfer of nuclear weapons, and also bans any signatory from assisting or encouraging others to undertake these activities. The Treaty also bans threatening to use nuclear weapons, which is highly significant, as it can be interpreted as challenging the nuclear weapon states’ doctrines of …
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