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Today at the United Nations history has been made! Honduras has confirmed the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which will now come into force on 22 January 2021. Jamaica and Nauru had joined the Treaty on Friday.

This means that nuclear weapons will be banned in the same way as chemical and biological weapons have been banned, because of their indiscriminate nature and humanitarian consequences.  

Christian CND has been part of global movement calling for a Nuclear Ban Treaty for many years. As a partner of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons we won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for the work which lead to this Treaty. 

Over the past three years we have been talking to diplomats, church leaders and politicians about the Treaty. Most importantly of all we have been praying regularly for the Treaty to come into force and today we join with Christians around the world who are rejoicing at this news.

Christians have played a huge role in this success. The Vatican was one of the first states to join the Treaty in 2017; the Pacific Council of Churches urged states to join, many did so; and the Church of England called on the UK government to respond positively.

There is still more work to be done, but for today we give thanks and glory to God for this Treaty and for all those who have worked for it over many years.

As the Ban Treaty gains its 50th ratification and we look forward to its entry into force, we want to gather to celebrate and give thanks. Join us on Zoom this Sunday at 6pm for a short service with readings, prayers and a chance to hear from Bruce Kent among others.

Click here to register for the Zoom link
We've put together this short video to mark this wonderful event! You can also share it on social media to spread the word.
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