The United Nations has passed the first-ever treaty imposing a total nuclear weapons ban. In a press briefing, UN conference president Elayne Whyte Gomez said that “we are on the verge of adopting the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons”.
The decision to pass this treaty is a historic one: the UN recently reopened discussions of a global nuclear ban back in March, after more than 2,500 scientists from 70 countries signed a petition in favor of total nuclear disarmament.
“I am really confident that the final draft has captured the aspirations of the overwhelming majority of those participating in the conference, including civil society,” Gomez said, referring to the final review of the draft last Wednesday.
After Friday’s vote to formally adopt it, the draft is now a 10-page document called the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
More than 120 countries are ready to adopt the treaty – despite a boycott from countries that are supposedly armed with nuclear weapons: the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea.