Why the new treaty banning nuclear weapons is important and how it can be used

IPPNW peace and health blog

[The following article, originally published in Australia by Power to Persuade, a discussion blog and annual symposium focused on social policy, is reposted here with permission.]

Sue Wareham holds copy of Ban Treaty during ICAN Australia action at the Foreign Affairs Department in Canberra in September.

In my first article about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the Treaty), published on Power to Persuade on 28 July, I described how the Treaty came about, how it is based in humanitarian and human rights norms, what’s in it, and that the next step would be the opening for signature at the UN in New York on 20 September 2017.

Because the Treaty text was adopted only on 7 July, it had to be squeezed into an extra early morning slot during ‘leaders’ week’, the opening week of the new annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, when many…

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