UN Global Nuclear Ban

A ban is coming...

Global ban graphicThe United Nations adopted the historic international treaty banning nuclear weapons in July 2017, after years of negotiations which began with the ‘Humanitarian Impact’ meetings in Austria, Mexico and the Netherlands. 122 countries voted in favour of the treaty, representing almost two-thirds of UN member states. The new treaty will make it illegal under international law to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess, stockpile, transfer, use or threaten to use nuclear weapons. It also makes it illegal to assist or encourage anyone to engage in these activities. The UK government refused to participate and even issued a statement attacking the treaty.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signatures by national governments on the 20th of September 2017. Once 50 states  have ratified the treaty it begins the process to enter international law which should take 90 days. As of the 23rd of September 53 States had signed the treaty and three had already ratified it.

Getting a Treaty on the table is a huge credit to all those who’ve lobbied and campaigned for this over the years, but we can’t afford to rest on our laurels, the real campaigning starts now. A recent opinion poll showed that 75% of Britons surveyed think the UK should participate in UN multilateral disarmament negotiations but to date the UK Government have boycotted.

With the recent public concern about nuclear escalation between Trump and Kim Jong Un, the time is ripe for a serious debate about removing weapons of mass destruction for good. Over the coming weeks we’ll be encouraging our members and supporters to actively lobby their MPs to support the ban.

Step one: Read our new guide How to: Lobby Your MP

Step two: Ask your MP to sign the Parliamentary Pledge

Step three: Go and meet your MP at their local surgery

Step four: Report back on their responses

How responsive was your MP, did any particular argument seem more effective?
E.g To sign the Parliamentary Pledge or raise a question in the house.
Particularly is there anything we can help with?