On Sunday 10 December the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. Christian CND is a partner organisation of ICAN and has been working closely with the group on the Nuclear Ban Treaty.
Faith groups have been a key part in the success of civil society engaging in the process, and Christian CND is delighted that the following statement has been agreed by UK faith leaders.
We congratulate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize. As people of faith, we seek to build relationships founded on the basis of our common humanity, moral principles and international law. Our world must not remain divided into nations with nuclear weapons and those without. As we are seeing, the tension caused by this division can only increase with likely dreadful consequences for all.
There is a need for creative political leadership to ensure that any attempt to justify the threat of mass destruction in any circumstance is wholly rejected. A world free of nuclear weapons achieved by building on established international norms is a global public good of the highest order. No country or government must allow itself to be left behind. Therefore, we call on the UK government to add its support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Christian CND will continue to work within the various church denominations in the UK to advance the cause of nuclear disarmament.