As part of our work for a world free of nuclear weapons Christian CND has an ongoing international strand of work, which includes our annual Embassies Walk and engagement with international Treaties on nuclear issues. For many years we have attended meetings on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and in 2017 sent a small delegation to New York for the negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The NPT is one of the most significant pieces of international law on nuclear weapons and disarmament. It has been in force for more than 45 years and sets out how a nuclear weapons-free world can be achieved. Under the text of the Treaty the nuclear-armed states, including the UK, must enter into negotiations on the removal of their arsenal. Sadly this has yet to happen and the talks have been deadlocked for some time.
Progress is reviewed on an annual basis where states set out their positions on nuclear issues. There is a further full Review Conference every five years in New York. Civil society plays a vital part in lobbying national delegations but also demonstrating the strength of support for a world free of nuclear weapons. Christian CND demonstrates that support among believers in the UK.
Christian CND as part of the civil society delegation at the 2018 talks.
This year we are sending a team to the United Nations in New York where they take part in meetings alongside other civil society groups including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. As well as attending a number of fringe meetings to hear about progress elsewhere in the world we also hold a daily prayer vigil, lifting up those taking part in the talks.
You can help us this year by making a donation towards our work in New York. Your donation will help us with travel arrangements, printing costs and other practical arrangements. You’ll be able to keep up with all our activity on our website and through social media channels.