across the world
IN THE WORLD
There are currently 13,865 nuclear weapons in the world, the majority of which have a destructive power vastly superior to that of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Nuclear weapons pose a genuine threat to the safety of individuals and peoples. They are without doubt the most destructive, inhumane and indiscriminate weapons in existence.
Cities play a key role in calling for a world that is fairer, more peaceful and free of nuclear weapons, and it is for this very reason that it is necessary to use the power of cities to demand that the world’s nations clearly and specifically commit to nuclear disarmament and take specific measures to achieve it.
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
On 7 July 2017 the United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which prohibits all ratifying nations from developing, producing or manufacturing nuclear weapons and from acquiring, possessing or storing them under any circumstances.
Since then, many people, organisations and countries have asked states to be party to it. The signature and ratification of 50 states is required for it to enter into force. Currently 81 have signed it and 35 have ratified it.
Although the treaty is not currently approved by neither the states with nuclear weapon nor the member states of NATO, the aim is for them to reconsider their stance, given that such weapons contravene international human rights and are stigmatised by global public opinion. This same initial situation was true of chemical and biological weapons, anti-personnel mines and radiological disperse devices (dirty bombs).
Nuclear weapons were until now the only weapons of mass destruction that had not been declared illegal.
ASK YOUR GOVERNMENT TO SIGN
AND RATIFY THE TREATY
Make your city approve the following motion in a plenary session of the council:
Make noise on social media about the danger posed by nuclear weapons with the hashtags:
and demand that your government signs and ratifies the treaty
These cities have already manifested their concern about the major threat posed by nuclear weapons and have demanded responsible and safe progress towards their prohibition.
CAN’T FIND YOUR CITY?ACT NOW!
The Mayors for Peace network and FundiPau, a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, promote this campaign across towns and cities to demand that the Spanish government signs and ratifies the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.