I have good news to brighten up your Wednesday! In a special ceremony today, Malaysia ratified <[link removed]>the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This means the TPNW now has 46 states parties and only needs 4 more ratifications to trigger its entry into force! Will you help us celebrate?
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When the treaty enters into force (90 days after hitting 50), nuclear weapons will become completely illegal under international law, and this will help strengthen the stigma around nuclear weapons. Just like with chemical weapons and land mines, having the treaty in place will increase the pressure on companies and governments to ensure they are on the right side of the law, and of the public debate.
Hitting that 50-state mark is a huge achievement for our movement, but our work won’t be over. Making nuclear weapons illegal is the first step in our plan to eliminate nuclear weapons for good, and once it happens our work will enter a new phase. We know we’ll be able to keep counting on you to help us get all the way to abolishing these weapons.
In the meantime, we’re putting all our energy on getting the next 4 countries onboard, and doing so as soon as possible! So stay tuned.
PS - Want to dive deep into the legal and political implications of what happens after entry into force? Our Policy & Research Coordinator wrote a short briefing paper outlining the impact of the Treaty <[link removed]> to break it down.