Amidst Opposition, the Nuclear Ban Treaty Becomes International Law

TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 25 Jan 2021

Diane Perlman, PhD | Medium - TRANSCEND Media Service

Today, January 22, 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) finally enters into force. The “Nuclear Ban Treaty” prohibits states parties from developing, testing, stockpiling, manufacturing, possessing, transferring, or threatening to use nuclear weapons. The full text of the Treaty IS HERE.

This thankfully comes at a time when the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists set the Doomsday Clock at 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been.

Doomsday Clock Now Closer to Midnight Than Ever in Its History. Rachel Bronson, president and CEO, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the Elders, Mary Robinson, Ban Ki-Moon and Jerry Brown

Surprisingly few people know about the historic event that took place at the UN in New York, June 15 — July 7, 2017. All nuclear weapons states, allies, and most NATO members boycotted the negotiations to draft the Ban Treaty. The Netherlands attended due to public pressure, and was the only party to vote against it. Singapore, abstained.

After three weeks of negotiations, the “Ban Treaty” was approved by 122 member states on July 7 (also my 67th birthday, best present ever!). The vote was followed by a joyous standing ovation, see HERE.

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Diane Perlman, PhD   is a clinical and political psychologist, devoted to applying knowledge from psychology, conflict studies and social sciences to designing strategies and policies to reverse nuclear proliferation, to drastically reduce terrorism, reduce enmity, and to raise consciousness about nonviolent strategies for tension reduction and conflict transformation. She is a visiting scholar at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, is active in Psychologists for Social Responsibility, the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, and on the Global Council of Abolition 2000. Some of her writings can be found on her websites, www.consciouspolitics.org  and  www.SanityandSurvival.com. Email: dianeperlman@gmail.com.


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