122 states adopt treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons

122 states adopt treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons

Seventy-two years after the ICRC and other International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement members first called for the elimination of nuclear weapons, 122 countries attending a United Nations conference adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in July. Although a large number of states did not attend the conference and a few have already announced they will not become party to the treaty, a joint IFRC and ICRC statement said the treaty “confirms that a clear majority of states unequivocally rejects nuclear weapons on moral, humanitarian and now legal grounds”.

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