Good news to celebrate this year! As 2021 draws to a close, we rejoice that this is the year that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) became international law. The landmark agreement, adopted by the United Nations, entered into force on January 22, 2021, at the beginning of the year. This treaty bans nuclear weapons, with the ultimate intention of eliminating them entirely.
“Without a doubt, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the most promising development concerning nuclear disarmament since the nuclear age began more than 75 years ago,” said Timmon Wallis of BanNuclearUS. He goes on to say, “Nothing even comes close to the final and absolute rejection of these weapons by a majority of the world’s countries.”
One hundred thirty-two countries initially adopted the treaty. As of this date, the 56 countries listed below have ratified the treaty; 30 other countries have signed and await ratification.
Antigua & Barbuda Austria Austria Bangladesh Belize Benin Bolivia Botswana Cambodia Central African Republic Colombia Comoros Cook Islands Costa Rica Cuba Dominica Ecuador El Salvador Fiji The Gambia Guyana Holy See (the Vatican) Honduras Ireland Jamaica Kazakhstan Kiribati Lao People’s Democratic Republic Lesotho Malaysia Maldives Malta Mexico Namibia Nauru New Zealand Nicaragua Niue Nigeria Palau Palestine Panama Paraguay Philippines Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Seychelles South Africa Thailand Trinidad and Tobago Uruguay Vanuatu Venezuela Vietnam
LET’S CELEBRATE THIS VICTORY, championed by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and supported by Women Against Military Madness, one of its member groups. This is exciting momentum to build on for peace on earth.
In the U.S., the Senate ratifies treaties. Encourage your friends to sign postcards to Senators Klobuchar and Smith, asking them to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Cards available at the Women Against Military office. If you live in another state, contact your own senators.
Marie Braun is a long-time active member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) and the chair of the WAMM End War Committee. She initiated the WAMM Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons.