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UN Set to Adopt 'Historic' Nuclear Ban Treaty


The United Nations is set to adopt a nuclear weapons ban treaty later today. CND has campaigned for an international ban on nuclear weapons since it was founded in 1958 and is delighted that the treaty has been agreed.

The UN treaty will introduce a ban on the possession, development and use of nuclear weapons.

More than 130 states took part in the talks, which were also attended by civil society including CND Chair Dave Webb and Vice-President Caroline Lucas MP. Survivors of previous nuclear bombs and tests also spoke powerfully about their experiences.

During a debate in Parliament last year, Theresa May said she would be willing to use a nuclear bomb while Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said a first strike would be considered. The British government boycotted the multilateral talks where the nuclear weapons ban was negotiated.

CND will make statement when the ban treaty is ratified at 4pm. If you would like to conduct an interview, or you would like a quote, please telephone 07412019623. Our 4pm press release will include quotes from CND general secretary Kate Hudson.

CND campaigns non-violently to rid the world of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and to create genuine security for future generations. CND opposes all nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction: their development, manufacture, testing, deployment and use or threatened use by any country.