The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
“Seventy-one years is long enough. Rather than blindly subscribing to the false sense of security which the proponents of nuclear weapons promote, we need to advance an agenda which promises authentic security. This anniversary is our opportunity to turn the nuclear tide and take steps toward real, significant disarmament… ”
—Pax Christi International Statement on the
71st Anniversary of the atomic bombings
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 2016
Nine countries together possess around 15,000 nuclear weapons. The blast, heat and radiation of a single nuclear bomb over a large city could kill and injure millions of people. A nuclear war between two states with only small arsenals, such as India and Pakistan, could disrupt the world’s climate and put billions of lives at risk from famine. The UN General Assembly’s 2017 adoption of the legally binding Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) stigmatises and delegitimises nuclear weapons, hopefully helping to ultimately lower the number of nuclear weapons and lead to their eventual total elimination. Pax Christi International was instrumental in promoting the negotiation and adoption of the nuclear weapons ban treaty—especially through our contribution of key human-centred provisions—and we are continuing to encourage nations to sign on, leading to the future ratification and implementation of the treaty by governments.
Please see this video of Susi Snyder, Nuclear Disarmament Program Manager, member PAX Netherlands.
Pax Christi International presents testimony to the New York City Council on Nuclear Disarmament
Today (January 28, 2020) Pax Christi International presented testimony (through its NGO Main Representative to the United Nations in New York, Mary T. Yelenick) to the New York City Council in support of two pending legislative proposals: (1) RES 976, Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament (which would instruct the pension funds of New York City employees to divest from companies involved in nuclear weapons; reaffirm New York City as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone; and support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons); and (2) Create a New York City Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Advisory Committee. Pax Christi International, which had previously submitted a written letter to the New York City Council in support of these initiatives, was one of dozens of entities and individuals (representing the NGO, Hibakusha, indigenous, ecumenical, peace, academic, labor, environmental, healthcare, arts, student, and scientific communities, among others) testifying in person at the hearing in support of the proposed legislation.
To read the testimony, click here