MJM has signed on to an Interfaith Statement marking the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which comes into effect on January 22. As Canada has not yet adopted the Treaty, we will call on the Prime Minister to make this commitment to protect people and the planet.
The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons commits adopting states to a ban on the production, use or threat to use to nuclear weapons. It was adopted by 122 states in 2017 when it was negotiated. Its ratification by 50 states has lead to its formal entry into force as of January 22, meaning that it is legally binding for states that adopted the Treaty.
Canada has not signed on to the Treaty, though the government which initially opposed it, now has indicated support without committing to adopting it. Given Canada’s important history in promoting nuclear disarmament, including the Pugwash Movement, which started in Nova Scotia, it is disappointing to see Canada refusing a strong leadership role on an issue that impacts people and the planet so drastically.
Martha Justice Ministry will continue to call on the government to make this commitment to protect our earth and all people from the impacts of nuclear weapons.