This blog’s “Nuclear Weapons” category has included a number of posts about the truly exciting, historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” (TPNW). Read those for background. Now here is what’s new:
In October 2020 Honduras became the 50th nation to ratify the treaty. The treaty specifies that it will go into effect 90 days after the 50th nation has ratified it. That means the TPNW will go into effect on January 22, 2021.
The national level of Physicians for Social Responsibility (www.psr.org) celebrated the 50th ratification: https://www.psr.org/blog/psr-celebrates-50-ratifications-for-the-ban-treaty/?emci=8508afcb-b313-eb11-96f5-00155d03affc&emdi=bc8e3199-9b18-eb11-96f5-00155d03bda0&ceid=135885
Currently 51 nations have ratified the Treaty. More nations are making progress toward ratification.
The world community is saying a strong “NO” to nuclear weapons. The nine nations that do have nuclear weapons (U.S., Russia, China, France, England, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea) will be seen as “outliers” — “rogue nations” — in the world community.
For information about the treaty, see the website of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN): www.icanw.org
Also, you may contact the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (OCANW) by contacting Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org or our statewide coalition, Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (WANW) at (206) 547-2630 www.wanwcoalition.org