The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was agreed by the United Nations in 2017, with 122 states supporting it. The Treaty has already been signed by 70 states with 21 having already completed the ratification process.
Unfortunately the UK, along with the other nuclear-armed states have not engaged with the process at any stage. The government, despite previous statements in support of a world free of nuclear weapons, have pledged not to sign the Treaty.
Civil society, including the vast majority of Christian denominations and traditions, around the world support the TPNW. In the UK it is backed by the Church of England, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Quakers, the Church of Scotland, the United Reformed Church and others. Christian CND has been leading the calls for a nuclear weapons-free world for nearly 60 years through our work and our prayers.
Last year we launched a new petition, calling on the government to sign the Treaty and for the churches to engage in the campaign to make that happen.
The petition is being delivered to Downing Street on Tuesday 12 March as part of our Embassies Walk. You can add your name below and make sure your voice for peace is heard.
The text of the petition is:
We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about nuclear weapons. We recognise that any use of such a weapon would have a devastating effect on God’s creation, of which we are a part. We believe the only way to remove the threat of nuclear war is for all these weapons to be totally eliminated. We welcome the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, recognising that only the global abolition of nuclear weapons can ensure a world of peace. We urge all states, including the United Kingdom, to sign and ratify this Treaty immediately. We are proud of the role the church has played for many years in promoting peace at all levels. We believe that as Jesus taught that peacemakers are blessed, all Christians must do all they can, both in prayer and deed, to bring about a world free of nuclear weapons. We call on the wider church to continue to engage on this important issue and for the UK Government to sign and ratify the Treaty.