The Muslim Peace Fellowship joined thousands of faith-based organizations and civil society representatives in signing the “Faith Communities Statement on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” presented to the United Nations on June 7, 2017. Delivery of the statement coincided with the historic adoption of the “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” by the General Assembly later that day with resolution 71/258. It is hoped that this legally binding instrument of international law will lead to the total elimination of nuclear weapons and the achievement and maintenance of a nuclear-weapon-free world.
While 122 UN Member States voted to adopt the treaty, eight countries with nuclear arsenals did not, including the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. Still, passage of resolution 71/258 marks the first time in the seven-decade effort to avert a nuclear war that a global treaty has been ratified to destroy all nuclear weapons and forever prohibit their use.