Team Kiwi celebrates the adoption of the ban treaty, 7 July 2017, UN Headquarters, New York. (L-R: Lucy Stewart, Dr Kate Dewes, Charlotte Skerten (MFAT), Dr Anna Crowe, Prof. Roger Clark, Alice Osman, Assoc. Prof. Treasa Dunworth, Amb. Dell Higgie (MFAT), Katy Donnelly (MFAT), Michelle Podmore (MFAT), Richard Slade, Dr John Borrie, Dr Lyndon Burford, Cmdr Rob Green, RN Ret’d)
July 7th 2017
A truly historic moment has occurred here at the United Nations in New York City; The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has just been adopted by 122 countries which is two thirds of the UN member states. This concludes three weeks of intense negotiations on this text, yet comes on the back of decades of hard work by civil society and disarmament advocates.
When the Chair announced that the treaty had been adopted, the room exploded into a standing ovation, showing that this is the true will of the people.
The Holy See, speaking to the conference room, “This conference represents the majority, and together we can create a safer and freer society. There is a lot to be done to encourage those who are not in the room that it is in the best interests of their people and their security, and to join us. We have been fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah, ‘They will beat their swords in ploughshares and never again will they learn war’.” A powerful moment for humanity.
The New Zealand civil society delegation are here and a full press release will be issued shortly, so stay tuned.