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By Vineet Malik | London , England | October 25 , 2020

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ( ICAN ) is a coalition of non-governmental organisations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The NGO, based in Geneva, Switzerland received the Nobel Prize in 2017.

ICAN in unison with Emissaries of Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Jamaica and Nauru on this Friday ratified the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons ( TPNW ) in a special virtual ceremony for the Nuclear Ban Treaty.

With the formal consent of 50 States already in place, the UN Treaty will enter into force in January, 2021 to finally turf out Nuclear Weapons.

Beatrice Fihn – Executive Director, ICAN says, “Nuclear Weapons are not only immoral but also illegal. This Treaty will be used by the Banks, Pension Funds and Financial Institutions to stop resources flowing to the organisations which manufacture these Nuclear Weapons. Very Soon, it will become the International Law. This is a new chapter for Nuclear Disarmament. Decades of activism have achieved what many said was impossible. Real leadership has been shown by the countries that have joined this historical instrument to bring it to full legal effect.”

Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor who somehow managed to escape from the Nuclear bombings in Japan says, “I have committed my life to the abolition of Nuclear Weapons. I have nothing but gratitude for all who have worked for the success of this Nuclear Ban Treaty.”

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These Nations have not signed the Treaty

Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea possess an estimated total of almost 14,000 devastating nuclear weapons, most of which are a lot more powerful than the nuclear weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan on August 6 and  9, 1945.

Tens of thousands of people lost their lives in the massacre, most of whom were civilians.

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