For Immediate Release
UN Set To Launch Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty On Wednesday
WASHINGTON - On Wednesday 20th September 2017, a nuclear weapons ban treaty will open for signature at the United Nations.
The ground-breaking document, backed by 122 states, aims to make the abolition of nuclear weapons a reality. Campaigners will deliver thousands of letters to Downing Street on Wednesday calling on Theresa May to sign the ban treaty.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
"The anti-nuclear weapons movement across the world has been working towards this day for decades. The earliest CND placards called on our leaders to ban the bomb and abolish all nuclear weapons.
"As a result of that sustained campaign, and tireless efforts from the states that have brought this to fruition, a ban treaty will be launched at the United Nations today.
"In these turbulent times - when there is a real possibility of nuclear war - it is very inspiring to see the international community - the majority of world states - taking matters into their own hands to make progress on building a nuclear free world.
"That's why it's absolutely vital that Britain backs this multilateral attempt to kick start nuclear disarmament. We must not turn our backs on the world on this historic day."
Hand-in to Downing Street
CND campaigners will deliver thousands of letters addressed to Theresa May at 10 Downing Street at 3.30pm on Wednesday 20th September – the exact time that the treaty opens for signature in New York. The letters call on her government to support the nuclear weapons ban treaty.
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