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The Ban is coming...on Friday

Friday is the big news day.

The United Nations is convening negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”. This new international agreement will place nuclear weapons on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction, which have long been outlawed, despite the absence of nuclear armed states, over 130 member states are supportive of the treaty being negotiated.

 

In recent years, the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons have been shown to risk our continued existence on this planet and the maintenance of the world's nuclear arsenal has been shown to be incompatible with successfully achieving and of the sustainable  Development Goals.The inability of any state of civil society organisation to  respond to a nuclear exchange has been highlighted by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent and this has driven the UN to hold this Conference, tasked  to produce a legally binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their elimination.

The treaty could be adopted as early as 10:00AM on Friday, 7 July, but it's likely to be later in the day.  The president, UN Ambassador Elaine Whyte Gomez (Costa Rica) hopes to achieve consensus on the draft treaty by the end of today.

Bill Kidd MSP is delivering a message to Elaine Whyte Gomez from the Scottish First Minister, but this but the UK Government are not present.

Please check out our website  for details.

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