From Monday, November 27th to Friday, December 1st, the States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will meet at the United Nations in New York to review progress on the treaty’s implementation and agree on further action to strengthen it. The Treaty is also commonly known as the Nuclear Ban Treaty.   This will be the second meeting of the States Parties.

Tri-Valley CAREs is a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN. In 2017, ICAN was awarded Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts on the treaty. We are encouraged by the 97 States that have already signed, ratified or acceded to the Treaty. The work continues for more States to join the Treaty.

The States Parties have urged the nuclear-armed states and their allies to engage with the Nuclear Ban Treaty by being observers at the second meeting of the States Parties. At the first meeting last year, several North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, members did attend. They included representatives from Belgium, Germany, Norway, and The Netherlands. Australia also attended as an observer.

You can encourage the Biden Administration to send a delegation of U.S. observers to the second meeting and to initiate negotiations with all the nuclear weapons states for a verifiable, time-bound agreement to eliminate all nuclear weapons.