Over 40 nations ink nuclear ban treaty opposed by big powers

Violet Powell
September 21, 2017

The treaty requires all countries that eventually ratify it not to develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons "under any circumstances".

It added: "Seeking to ban nuclear weapons through a treaty that will not engage any state actually possessing nuclear weapons will not be effective, will not reduce nuclear arsenals, and will neither enhance any country's security, nor worldwide peace and stability".

Scores of police were soon on the scene but did not appear to be intent on brining the protest to a quick end.

On the margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the federal government, has signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The agreement depicts the obligation to assist the affected people and address the environmental damage arising from nuclear weapon tests, and leaves open the possibility that the so-called possessor States will be joined to the treaty, after complying with the requirements set out on it.

"Nigeria has always been a strong advocate of de-nuclearisation of the world".

It was passed by the United Nations on July 7, 2017 and for the treaty to come into effect, signature and ratification by a minimum of 50 countries is required.

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But nuclear powers say a ban won't work.

Nuclear-armed countries also declined to participate in the entire treaty process, from its negotiations to its adopting vote.

As General Assembly proceedings continued in NY on Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres convened more than fifty nations to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Supporters of the pact say it's time to push harder toward eliminating atomic weapons than nations have done through the almost 50-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis said supporters of the treaty regretted the nuclear-armed nations' position.

The President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcák, noted at the ceremony that the Treaty demonstrates the will of Member States to bring about change. Canada began down a better path to peace in 1984, and it is high time we moved forward and called for our allies to do likewise.

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