On 20 September, Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on behalf of Austria.
“The new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons marks a big step towards a world without nuclear weapons, a world that is safer for everyone”
stated Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz. Following the ban on biological and chemical weapons, the treaty now ensures that nuclear weapons are also finally prohibited. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted on the initiative of Austria: 122 UN Member States adopted the treaty on 7 July 2017. The adoption of the treaty is clear confirmation that the large majority of states worldwide oppose nuclear weapons. The new treaty is the first concrete result of negotiations on multilateral nuclear disarmament since the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty was adopted in 1996. “I am delighted that Austria and its partners have succeeded in overcoming the long-standing multilateral disarmament standstill”, said Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz with satisfaction. The treaty is also open to nuclear powers, who may join the treaty if they commit to completely destroying their nuclear arsenal within a certain period. To enter into force, the treaty must be ratified by 50 states. The treaty is currently still open for signature in New York.
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