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Campaign for ban on nuclear weapons

Ban postcardJune 2017

Something is happening now that has never happened before.  A “Convention for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” is ready for negotiation at the United Nations. The text is a foundation for building a strong global ban on nuclear weapons.  Much has still to be agreed, but the draft treaty brings widely supported provisions from the opening round of negotiations in March to the final round of negotiations, 15 June-7 July 2017.  NOW is the time  for churches and  peace and justice organisations  to call public and government attention to a historic step.

Members of this network come from countries for and against the treaty.  One group is the large majority without nuclear weapons who are negotiating the new law.  The other is the minority with nuclear weapons and allied states, including the UK,  who oppose the treaty conference and are boycotting the talks.

The negotiations are tackling a critical international obligation.  An appropriate message now is:

  • highlight the worldwide public stake in a successful treaty
  • affirm the good-faith negotiations among engaged governments and civil society
  • call for due respect from your government* and look forward to it joining this essential step towards eliminating nuclear weapons.Letters to Church leaders and local and national press need to be related to current news in most cases. The Treaty negotiations relate to various current news items.  The letter can mention one or more:
    • North Korea’s nuclear activities;
    • US, Japan, China, S. Korea reactions to North Korea including the US aircraft carrier battle group;
    • US-Russia, NATO-Russia and US-China military tensions;
    • UK  with massive spending for nuclear weapons; expensive modernisation programs in all nine countries with nuclear arsenals;
    • the stark contrast between such spending and the resources to address climate change, refugees, migrants, sustainable development, and more.

May 2017

Pax Christi British section welcome the presentation today of a draft text for a treaty that will prohibit nuclear weapons. (22 May 2017).  Here you can read statement from Pax Christi International

The draft was presented President of the negotiations, Ambassador Elayne Whyte of Costa Rica at the UN in Geneva.  A copy of the draft can be found here.  Pax Christi sections around the world have supported the first round of negotiations which began in March at the UN in New York urging their Governments to participate in this world-changing opportunity.  Tragically the British Government was not even at the table and it is unlikely that they will be there when talks resume to review the draft treaty in June.

Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi said: “This is one of the most important opportunities of our time. We need to change the narrative about security in this country.  I am not want to hear that strong political leadership demands a person who would be willing to destroy God’s creation by unleashing nuclear war on the planet – a war in which there would only be losers.  Good political leadership requires a person who seeks the common good – for all, not just our own nation.  Good political leadership sees security in terms of dialogue and cooperation with others – the more than 158 countries who are working for a nuclear ban treaty.  A key question to all election candidates should be: would your party be willing to support  and participate in negotiations for a nuclear weapon ban treaty.?

  • Read message sent by Pope Francis to the opening meeting in March.
  • Four calls to Governments: from Pax Christi International

 

2017 NCPO Nuclear Ban briefing VF edMarch 2017

With Pax Christi International we are supporting the work  to introduce a ban on nuclear weapons, drawing on the work of PAX Netherlands and ICAN UK

  • Statement from Pax Christi international on Nuclear Ban Negotiations (March 2017)
  • New briefing on Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty  produced by the Network of Christian Peace Organisations and Pax Christi (February 2017)

 

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