Today, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) enters into force, after having had at least 50 nations ratify it and 80 nations sign on. While the U.S. has not ratified the treaty, we celebrate this momentous day, as ratification of this treaty will help the global abolition of nuclear weapons become a more prominent goal in the international community. We commit to keep pushing forward toward a world free of nuclear weapons.
As President Joe Biden takes office, the new Administration has decided to extend the New START Treaty, a key treaty with Russia that is essential for limiting nuclear weapons among the two largest nuclear powers. On this important day, we commend the Biden administration on this critical step, and we urge them to keep pressing forward toward nuclear abolition.
Pope Francis has clarified Church teaching to express the immorality of the mere possession of nuclear weapons, let alone their use. Let us join with other people of faith in supporting the TPNW and working for a world free of nuclear weapons!
Photo: International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) executive director Beatrice Fihn (right) presents Thai ambassador Thani Thongphakdi (chair of the UN open-ended working group on nuclear disarmament) with an appeal signed by 838 parliamentarians in 42 nations, calling for the start of negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Geneva, 2 May 2016 Credit: Tim Wright
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