Christian CND has joined other civil society groups in writing to Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary ahead of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee in Geneva, calling for the government to use the meeting to move towards nuclear disarmament.
The Non-Proliferation Treaty has been a cornerstone of efforts for a nuclear weapons-free world for decade, but there has been little progress towards disarmament in recent years.
The letter also calls on the government to attend the UN High Level International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, taking place in New York in May.
In light of the ongoing crisis in Syria, Christian CND has issued the following statement:
Christian CND is deeply saddened by the situation in Syria and the apparent use of chemical weapons. Any murder is regrettable and we condemn all sides who have been responsible for civilian deaths including in Douma. The images of children suffering are incredibly sad and we believe they grieve the heart of God.
We understand that many Christians will feel a conflict between the Biblical calling to be peacemakers and to stand up for the weak. There can be no doubt that those innocent civilians who have lived through years of civil war need to be defended, but we doubt that the further bombing, by the UK, America, Russia or any other nation, will do anything to protect those most in need.
Christian CND appeals to all parties to engage in immediate dialogue with a view to both ending the killing and move beyond this brutal conflict.
We urge all believers across the world to join us in prayer over the next 48 hours, both for Syria, Syrians and for political leaders around the world.
Please join us in lifting up prayers this weekend and throughout the coming week.
On Easter Sunday Christian CND joined many others at Aldermaston, home of the factory manufacturing the UK’s nuclear weapons. The event was marking the 60th anniversary of the very first march from London to Aldermaston and is part of the celebrations of CND’s 60th birthday.
Easter is the perfect time to think of peace. Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection enabled us to have peace with God, which in turn motivates us to seek peace in the world.
As part of the day Christian CND members and supporters had filled in Peace Doves with messages of hope and peace. These were then tied to the fence surrounding the facility.
The event finished with a vigil during which candles were lit and prayers said both for those involved in the manufacturing of nuclear weapons at Aldermaston and for peace around the world.
Venezuela has become the latest state to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in New York. It is the seventh state to formally adopt the Treaty, which was negotiated at the United Nations last year.
During the Christian CND Embassies Walk earlier this month, we visited the Venezuelan Embassy in London to thank them for their support of the Treaty and urge them to complete ratification as soon as possible. We are pleased that the news of ratification has come so quickly after this visit.
The Treaty will come in to force when fifty states have completed the ratification process, which is well underway in many states. The international community continues to move away from nuclear weapons as our own government seeks to spend £200 billion on the replacement of Trident. Please join us in praying that this decision will be reconsidered and that the UK will join the Ban Treaty.
Every year Christian CND organises an Embassies Walk around London, visiting diplomats and discussing the latest developments in nuclear disarmament. After the UN agreed the Nuclear Ban Treaty last year, we visited states that supported the Treaty, for an update on progress towards ratification.
The group gathered at St Martins-in-the-Field for a short service before our four teams went out, visiting 19 embassies in all with countries representing every continent.
As the UK continues to oppose the Ban Treaty, it is important that we not only continue to press them to engage, but also show our support for those states who are taking a lead.
The clear message from the embassies we visited was that governments around the world remain committed to the Ban Treaty and are making good progress towards ratification. Once 50 countries have ratified then the Treaty will become law in those countries.
We will be following up with further meetings in Geneva during the Preparatory Committee of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in April.