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International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Thursday 26th September (today) is the United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and additional nations use that occasion to sign or ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), MSPs, councillors and ordinary people will gather outside the Scottish Parliament to express their solidarity with the Treaty and the worldwide movement behind it.

Today, 70 states have signed the TPNW and 26 have ratified it. It is expected that today will bring a significant increase in both signatures and ratification at a special high level ceremony. The Treaty will enter into force as international law when 50 states have ratified. Scottish CND is a partner organisations of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) who in 2017 won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on the TPNW.

 

The Holyrood solidarity event took place at 12:45pm today, just after First Minister's Questions. Today's parliamentary motion (S5M-19094) on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, lodged by SNP's Bill Kidd MSP "recognises the progress in nuclear disarmament that has taken place over the last two years, and further notes the work of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organisation, ICAN, in bringing this treaty to fruition and subsequently supporting countries in the ratification process."

Support for the Scottish Parliament's position is reflected internationally through a Parliamentarian's Pledge to support the TPNW, and ICAN's new Cities Appeal allows Local Authority resolutions to add support.

Across the world on this day 12 states joined the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at a special High-Level Ceremony at the UN Headquarters in New York. Six additional states ratified over the past two days, Bangladesh, Kiribati, Laos, Maldives, Trinidad & Tobago and Ecuador which brings the treaty total to 79 signatories and 32 state parties.

This means that the treaty is almost two-thirds of the way to its entry into force.

 

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