Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons passed at the United Nations

A solid majority of world governments have taken a huge step in eliminating nuclear weapons.

Several weeks ago 122 countries negotiated the first-ever legally binding treaty outlawing nuclear bombs. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons passed at the United Nations was the culmination of a decade-long effort by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Catholic Bishops from both the United States and Europe have called on the leaders of their nations to promote and support nuclear disarmament. The United States and all other nuclear weapon nations did not participate in the negotiations nor vote for the treaty. Further information about this treaty is available at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons website. Click here to find a copy of the treaty, “Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”

This treaty is a clear signal to all people that nuclear weapons are unacceptable and should be considered unlawful, just as are land mines and biological and chemical weapons. This treaty will be signed on September 20 and will need to be ratified by at least 50 nations to become international law. Our task now is to encourage our elected leaders to take this important step toward the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.

We ask you to contact United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, and to urge her to sign this important treaty.  And, we urge you to contact your Members of Congress and ask them to encourage Ambassador Haley and the State Department to sign on to the treaty as well. You can find examples of emails to both Ms. Haley and your Member of Congress attached below.

 

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