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On Its 75th Birthday UN Ratifies Treaty Which Bans Ownership, Creation, and Use of Nuclear Weapons For Signatories
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On Its 75th Birthday UN Ratifies Treaty Which Bans Ownership, Creation, and Use of Nuclear Weapons For Signatories

On the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons gets 50th signature to pass.

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A treaty that bans the use, manufacturing, sale, and maintenance of nuclear weapons has just received the 50th ratification needed to make nuclear weapons for the affirming nations illegal under international law for the first time in history.

Among the ratifying nations are regional influencers including Nigeria, Thailand, South Africa, Mexico, Austria, and New Zealand.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the treaty “a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” while the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) called it “historic.”

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Honduras, the 50th ratifying nation, put pen to paper Saturday, on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations—the international governing body formed in the aftermath of World War II with the express purpose of promoting peace and stopping wars.

Entering into force on January 22nd, 2021 for an “unlimited duration,” the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons bans all stages and uses of nuclear weapons within any nation that has ratified the treaty and includes mechanisms that will allow these nations to hold each other accountable should a breach in the treaty be found.

Nuclear-armed states including the USA, Russia, China, Britain, and France have not signed the treaty.