A major two day conference on nuclear disarmament is set to begin in the Vatican with experts and leaders from around the world coming together for discussion.
The conference will hear from representatives from the United Nations, NATO, governments and Nobel Peace Prize winners ICAN. Ahead of the conference Cardinal Peter Turkson said the event “responds to the priorities of Pope Francis to take action for world peace and to use the resources of creation for a sustainable development and to improve the quality of life for all, individuals and countries, without discrimination.”
The conference follows the agreement of a new Treaty at the United Nations which will ban nuclear weapons. The Holy See was one of the first states to sign and ratify the Treaty. During the negotiations the Pope made statements in support and Christian CND were delighted to meet the Holy See delegation in New York. Pope Francis will meet delegates on Saturday 10 November.
Ahead of the meeting Christian CND is support Pax Christi in calling on Christians to fast and pray for a positive outcome. More information is available in the Prayer section of our website.
You will be able to hear more about the conference at the Christian CND AGM in Bristol later this month. Register for your free ticket on Eventbrite.
On Wednesday October 25 Christian CND Co-Chair Martin Birdseye spoke on behalf at a meeting of Religions for Peace on the United Nations Treaty which will ban nuclear weapons. The focus of the meeting was what faith organisations can do in the future to campaign on the issue.
Christian CND has been working on the Ban Treaty for some time, and representatives were at the first round of negotiations on the text at the UN earlier this year. As a result of the meeting, which attracted a good audience to Friends House, more inter-faith work is planned.
You can find out more about the Ban Treaty and the work of Christian CND at our upcoming AGM and Conference, which takes place in Bristol on Saturday 25 November. Tickets are free and you can register through Eventbrite.
The United Nations Treaty which bans nuclear weapons continues to be in the news as a result of ICAN winning the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month. More than 50 countries from around the world have already signed the Treaty and ratifications are starting in those countries.
With the UK still refusing to engage in the process, MPs from across the House of Commons have tabled an Early Day Motion calling for action to be taken. An Early Day Motion is a chance for MPs to show the level of support for particular issues, so it is vital that as many as possible sign up.
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Christian CND has joined civil society groups from around the world in endorsing a statement to the UN First Committee, which is currently meeting in New York to discuss issues around disarmament.
The statement notes the “extraordinarily perilous” situation facing the world as the US and North Korea continue to raise tensions. It calls for a diplomatic solution to be found.
The statement goes on to call for nuclear-armed states to participate at the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament planned for 2018. Christian CND will be calling on the UK government to attend.
You can read the full statement here
Christian CND Development Manager Russell Whiting appeared on the Radio 4 programme Sunday to discuss the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN, with whom Christian CND works closely.
Russell spoke about the need for the UK and the other nuclear weapons states to come together and sign the Treaty as the first step towards the destruction of nuclear weapons arsenals around the globe. While the Ban Treaty, supported by more than 120 UN Member States offers a chance to fulfil the long-held ambition of a world free of nuclear weapons, the UK continues to oppose it.
You can hear the interview via the BBC iPlayer website (it starts around 1 minute into the programme)
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