The world's first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons opened for signature on Wednesday at United Nations Headquarters in NY at a ceremony at which speakers from worldwide organizations, governments and civil society hailed this milestone in achieving a world free of such arsenals as well as the work that remains to be done.
The island and 40 other States endorsed the initiative adopted on July 7, which prohibits the development, testing, production, acquisition, possession, storage and transfer, as well as the threat of use of those lethal devices considered a serious danger for human survival.
According to the press release, the treaty, aimed at banning nuclear weapons, will be ineffective, and will neither lead to the reduction of nuclear arsenals nor contribute to the security of any country.
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The first treaty to ban nuclear weapons is ready for countries to sign at the United Nations. Its treaty office said 51 countries were expected to sign on the opening day.
The treaty will enter into force when 50 countries have ratified it.
The minister said it was unfortunate that countries with nuclear weapons saw them as deterrence and safeguarded their security.
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From the beginning, the treaty was met with strong opposition from nuclear-armed states, which boycotted negotiations. Guyana, the Vatican and Thailand also have already ratified the treaty.
The President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcák, noted at the ceremony that the Treaty demonstrates the will of Member States to bring about change.
The decades-old NPT seeks to prevent the spread of atomic weapons but also puts the onus on nuclear states to reduce their stockpiles.
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Supporters of the pact, however, say the time has come for the worldwide community to push harder toward eliminating atomic weapons as a 50-year-old Non-Proliferation Treaty has effectively failed to contain the thirst of powers for expanding their nuclear arsenal. He called the pact "an important step towards the universally-held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons". Nuclear powers are also the only United Nations members with permanent Security Council veto power. "But we need to do more to get the whole way there".