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.
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)
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for working to highlight the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and working to secure the UN Ban Treaty.
Christian CND has been working alongside ICAN for many years and has supported campaigning activities both in the UK and at the UN in New York. Christian CND sends our warmest congratulations to ICAN on this award which is very well deserved.
The award will raise the profile of the Ban Treaty in the UK and around the world. Now is the time to join the campaign to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
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, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “There are many paths to a nuclear-weapons-free world. I appeal to all states to intensify their efforts to contribute to the shared vision in their own ways.”
Christian churches have long campaigned for a world free of nuclear weapons. Earlier this year Christian CND representatives travelled to New York to take part in the first round of negotiations on the Nuclear Ban Treaty, which has since been signed by more than 50 countries.
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.
The United Nations Treaty which bans nuclear weapons has opened for signature in New York, with the Holy See being the first member state to sign and ratify the Treaty. More than 50 other countries have already signed.
The Holy See has played a strong role in the process, taking part in the negotiations earlier this year. Christian CND has held productive meetings with representatives of the Holy See on many occasions.
On the same day that the Treaty opened for signature the Pope used social media to “appeal for peace and disarmament”. Wepray that his appeal will be heeded by those, including the UK, who have chosen not to sign the Treaty at this point.
The Treaty will come into force shortly after the 50th state completes the ratification process.