TPNW signing & ratification Ceremony 26 September 2019 (credit: ICAN | Darren Ornitz)

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (26 September), the high-level signing ceremony for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was held at the UN Headquarters in New York.

During the ceremony, 5 countries ratified the Treaty (Bangladesh, Kiribati, Laos, Maldives, and Trinidad & Tobago) and 9 signed it (Botswana, Dominica, Grenada, Lesotho, Maldives, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, and Zambia). Additionally, Ecuador, became a State Party to the Treaty on 25 September, one day before the ceremony. 

As of  27 September, the TPNW has 79 signatories and 32 States Parties. The Treaty will enter into force when it reaches 50 ratifications. 

SGI has been supporting the efforts toward the early entry into force and universalization of the Treaty as an international partner of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

[Photo credit: ICAN | Darren Ornitz]