Pope Francis welcomes Nuclear Ban Treaty

Pope Francis has welcomed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which will enter into legal force on Friday 22 January. Speaking at his Wednesday General Audience the Pontiff called on “all states and people to work decisively towards promoting conditions necessary for a world without nuclear weapons”. Pope Francis has been a long-term

Benin ratifies the Ban Treaty

Benin has become the latest state to confirm ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, taking the total number to 51. The Treaty will enter into legal force next January after Honduras became the 50th state to ratify in October. Benin is the seventh African state to ratify the Treaty, joining Botswana, The

Niger signs the Ban Treaty

Niger has become the 86th state to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, announcing the move just days after Zimbabwe became the 85th. The Treaty will make nuclear weapons illegal from Friday 22 January 2021 having been ratified by 50 states. At the United Nations earlier in the week 130 states reiterated

UN reaffirms support for the Nuclear Ban Treaty

The United Nations General Assembly has reaffirmed support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with 130 states voting in favour of a new resolution on Monday 7 December. The number of states in support was larger than the number which initially supported the Treaty when negotiations concluded in 2017. Although the nuclear-armed