September 26 is the United Nations Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. This year it follows just days after the Nuclear Ban Treaty opened for signature in New York.
Marking the occasion, the UN is hosting a ceremony as part of the General Assembly in New York, where states will be able to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Currently 60 states have signed the Treaty and 15 have completed the ratification process.
Christian churches have long campaigned for a world free of nuclear weapons. Many Churches in the UK support the Treaty, including the Church of England, which passed a motion in support at General Synod in July.
Today we mark this day by praying for an end to nuclear weapons around the world; that more states will sign and ratify the Nuclear Ban Treaty and that world leaders will find a peaceful solution to the tensions in North Korea.