International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, 26 September

24 September 2017 | Australia

Achieving global nuclear disarmament was the subject of the General Assembly’s first resolution in 1946. Now, 61 years later, the the new U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons requires the signatures of at least 50 countries to come into effect among its backers. Within the first 24 hours (21 September) of the signing ceremonmy, 50 signatories had put their name to the treaty, including the Vatican, but major powers are yet to sign. The Treaty will enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries.

Amid rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that the threat of a nuclear attack is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War.

'“The Treaty is an important step towards the universally-held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. It is my hope that it will reinvigorate global efforts to achieve it,” said the Secretary-General


Let us pray for the success of the Treaty and for all countries to recognise the enormous risks posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons.