United Nations: Colombian and Congolese Pax Christi members send letters to their governments asking them to ratify the nuclear weapons ban treaty
15/9/19 - On 26 September 2019, the United Nations will have a high-level ceremony for new signatures and ratifications of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in New York, on the occasion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. As of today, the treaty has received 70 signatures and 26 ratifications and is thus well on its way to reaching the 50 ratifications required for its entry into force (see this ICAN website for the latest update).
Pax Christi International has asked some of its members to write to their governments to encourage them to join other states at this ceremony and ratify the treaty that day. Our Colombian member, the Justice, Peace and Integrity Commission of the Conference of Religious of Colombia and our Congolese member, the Young Network in the World for Peace, have done so and their letters have been delivered by our UN representatives to the UN missions of their countries in New York.
You can find the letter of our Congolese member here and of our Colombian member here. See also these ratification kits which the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the International Committee of the Red Cross have each published to assist states in becoming parties to the TPNW.