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SG/SM/20363
24 October 2020

Commending Ratification of Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons, Secretary-General Says Entry into Force Is Tribute to Test-Blast Survivors

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:

Today, the conditions for the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons were met further to the deposit with the Secretary‑General of the fiftieth instrument of ratification or accession of the Treaty.  In accordance with its article 15 (1), the Treaty shall enter into force on 22 January 2021.

The Secretary-General commends the States that have ratified the Treaty and salutes the work of civil society, which has been instrumental in facilitating the negotiation and ratification of the Treaty.  Entry into force is a tribute to the survivors of nuclear explosions and tests, many of whom advocated for this Treaty.

The entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the culmination of a worldwide movement to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.  It represents a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, which remains the highest disarmament priority of the United Nations.

The Secretary-General looks forward to carrying out the functions assigned to him by the Treaty.

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