Five to go

News in Brief

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), agreed by the UN in July 2017, is edging closer to reality.

50 states need to not only sign the treaty, but to ratify it for it to become international law. (In democracies, ratification usually means parliament passing a law.)

In mid-2019, the TPNW hadn’t even reached the half-way mark. (PN 2630 – 2631)

Now, 45 countries have ratified the treaty. Ireland, Nigeria and Niue (in the Pacific) all ratified this Hiroshima Day, while St Kitts & Nevis (in the Caribbean) ratified on Nagasaki Day.

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