September 26 is the United Nations Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. This year the events to mark the day will include a Signing Ceremony at the United Nations as part of the General Assembly gathering. During the ceremony more states are expected to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was agreed at the United Nations in 2017 with the support of 122 states.
The United Nations first ever meeting, which took place in London, resulted in the first motion, which called for an end to nuclear weapons. The UN has also been at the forefront of efforts towards nuclear disarmament, including the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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 2018. Christian CND has been working with believers from a range of traditions and denominations for nearly 60 years towards this shared goal.
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 Iran and those which continue on the Korean Peninsula.
Please join us as we pray.