26 September – International Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Above: Sculpture depicting St. George slaying the dragon. The dragon is created from fragments of Soviet SS-20 and United States Pershing nuclear missiles. UN Photo/Milton Grant

GCI ESS programme director Dr Paul F. Walker commemorates this day with the following:

“September 26th is an important annual reminder that the world has pledged for over half a century to abolish nuclear weapons. This was a major part of the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty under Article VI, and has remained a global priority for all to build a more peaceful and sustainable world. Unfortunately some 14,500 nuclear weapons remain in nine nuclear powers today, with Russia and the US accounting for the great majority, and Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, and Pakistan the remainder. It’s long past time that Russia and the United States further reduce their thousands of nuclear weapons, that all countries ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), and also join the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Our world will be a more secure and sustainable planet, and billions of funds will be freed for much needed socio-economic priorities.”

You can find the UN statement here.