On Tuesday 12 March Christian CND gathered in London to visit diplomats from NATO Member States to discuss the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). We managed to visit 25 Embassies despite the terrible weather, talking about the need for NATO members to take a lead on nuclear disarmament.
The Netherlands is the only NATO Member State to have engaged with the TPNW, sending a delegation to the United Nations for the negotiations in 2017 following a resolution in parliament.
A recent report from the Human Rights Clinic at Harvard showed how NATO members can join the TPNW without having to leave the alliance. Although they would have to renounce their status as being under the NATO ‘nuclear umbrella’, there is no obligation on NATO members to support, have or even host nuclear weapons.
As part of the day we also handed in the Christian CND petition to Downing Street calling on the government to join the TPNW. So far the UK has joined the other nuclear-armed states in refusing to engage with the Treaty.
Thanks to everyone who came to make the day such a success. Our work will continue, but we can’t do it without the support of people like you.