Ask your Government to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Ask your Government to Ban Nuclear Weapons

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On the 22nd January 2021 The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), or the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, comes into force. It is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons with the ultimate goal being their total elimination. 122 nations passed the treaty. 69 nations did not vote including the nuclear nations and those in NATO. So far 86 nations have signed the treaty and 51 have ratified it . Sign this petition to help make sure your country has signed or will sign.

We need to move to a world where fear does not dominate and we can work together to solve global problems. The UK owns 215 nuclear weapons and has not signed the treaty. How about your country? https:/


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There are catastrophic humanitarian consequences from any use of nuclear weapons.

There is a need to completely eliminate such weapons; this is the only way to guarantee nuclear weapons are never used again under any circumstances.

There are risks of nuclear-weapon detonation by accident, miscalculation or design, and these risks concern the security of all humanity.

The catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons transcend national borders, pose grave implications for human survival, the environment, socio-economic development, the global economy, food security and the health of current and future generations. Nuclear fallout and ionizing radiation has  disproportionate impact on women and girls. All States share the responsibility to prevent any use of nuclear weapons. 

There are ethical imperatives for nuclear disarmament and the urgency of achieving and maintaining a nuclear-weapon-free world;  It is for global public good of the highest order, serving both national and collective security interests.

There is unacceptable suffering and harm caused to the victims of the use of nuclear weapons (hibakusha), as well as of those affected by the testing of nuclear weapons  There is disproportionate negative impact of nuclear-weapon activities on all peoples.  

Any use of nuclear weapons is contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, in particular the principles and rules of international humanitarian law.

The use of nuclear weapons is abhorrent to the principles of humanity and the dictates of public conscience.

It is consistent with the Purposes of the United Nations that States refrain in their international relations, from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, and refrain from any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes.

The establishment and maintenance of international peace and security are to be promoted with the least diversion for armaments of the world’s human and economic resources.

The first resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations, adopted on 24 January 1946, and subsequent resolutions call for the elimination of nuclear weapons, 

There is a slow pace of nuclear disarmament, continued reliance on nuclear weapons in military and security concepts, doctrines and policies, and a waste of economic and human resources on programmes for the production, maintenance and modernization of nuclear weapons.

The legally binding prohibition of nuclear weapons constitutes an important contribution towards the achievement and maintenance of a world free of nuclear weapons,

The full and effective implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which serves as the cornerstone of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime, has a vital role to play in promoting international peace and security. 

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and its verification is a core element of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. The establishment of  internationally recognized nuclear-weapon-free zones on the basis of arrangements freely arrived at  among the States of the region concerned, enhances global and regional peace and security, strengthens the nuclear non-proliferation regime and contributes towards realizing the objective of nuclear disarmament.

Nothing in the Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of its States Parties to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination.

The importance of peace and disarmament education in all its aspects and of raising awareness of the risks and consequences of nuclear weapons for current and future generations, and committed to the dissemination of the principles and norms of this Treaty.

The role of public conscience in the furthering of the principles of humanity is evidenced by the call for the total elimination of nuclear weapons, recognizing the efforts to that end undertaken by the United Nations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, other international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, religious leaders, parliamentarians, academics and the hibakusha,

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