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Nicaragua signs world’s first treaty prohibiting nuclear arms

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 29 September 2017 |

Maria Rubiales, Nicaragua's representative to the UN, signing the Treaty

Maria Rubiales, Nicaragua's representative to the UN, signing the Treaty

“‘We have to commit to eliminating nuclear arsenals globally so that these resources can be directed to eliminating poverty.” Maria Rubiales, Nicaraguan representative to the UN

On 20 September, Nicaragua was among the signatories to the world’s first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.

At a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York speakers from international organisations, governments and civil society hailed this milestone in achieving a world free of such arsenals while acknowledging the work that remains to be done.

The Treaty was adopted on 7 July at a UN conference in New York by a vote of 122 in favour to one against (Netherlands), with one abstention (Singapore). It prohibits a ‘full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as undertaking to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the use or threat of use of these weapons’.

However, nuclear-armed States and most of their allies did not take part in negotiations. Following its adoption, the US, the UK and France issued a joint press statement saying that they “do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres commented: “The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the product of increasing concerns over the risk posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons, including the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of their use.