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UN adoption of nuclear ban treaty excites stakeholders

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  • Vows to pursue nuclear disarmament 
  • Votes 122 in favour, Netherlands against, Singapore absent 

Jude Johnson 

The United Nations (UN) after a long debates and consideration have finally adopted a nuclear bam treaty in a vote of 122 in favour to one against, exciting stakeholders around the world.  Only the Netherlands opposed treaty with Singapore absent.

A large majority of the governments in the world adopted the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons on Friday.

The Executive director, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear (ICAN) Weapons, Ms. Beatrice Fihn said.

“States would not have negotiated and adopted this treaty without ICAN, and I’m so incredibly proud of the hard work ICAN’s partner organisations and activists have done around the world to get us here today (Friday),” Fihn said.

She said this treaty comprehensively bans nuclear weapons and related activities.

“We hope that today marks the beginning of the end for nuclear weapons.

“We now will work to ensure that all countries committed to international humanitarian law and human rights match their values and words with action. The next step is signing the treaty on 20 September in New York.

“Thank you. Today we made history!”

In the same vein, the Programme Coordinator, International Peace Bureau (IPB),  Ms. Amela Skiljan, commended the adoption of “Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty”, calling it a great news.

“The president of the Conference Ambassador Whyte asked if consensus was reached. The answer was standing ovations. Nevertheless, the Netherlands asked for voting. The Treaty was adopted by 122 yes votes, 1 no (Netherlands) and 1 abstention (Singapore). Then the delegations started to give their statements. Follow the moment on our Facebook account with photos and comments from the UN NYC,” Skiljan stated.

According to her, this is a great success for all those who were fighting for this moment.

She assured that “we all will continue until we reach nuclear disarmament”.

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