September 26 Nuclear Abolition Day
September 26th 2017

Today Tuesday 26 September is the UN's International Day for the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans is calling on the UK and Welsh Governments to prepare for the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament by committing to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (Ban Treaty).

The conference will review progress towards establishing an international treaty for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons following UN Resolution 71/71 of December 2016 which opened negotiations.

Jill Evans MEP said,

"September 26 commemorates an event more than three decades ago when the world almost faced nuclear holocaust by accident.

"On this day in 1983, Soviet nuclear weapons officer Stanislav Petrov may well have saved the world from nuclear catastrophe, when he decided that warnings of an imminent American attack were a false alarm. His calmness averted disaster, but the chilling incident shows how easily nuclear war could begin.

"Today the threat of nuclear conflict starting almost by accident is sadly very real.

"For the sake of humanity, we need to move towards a world where nuclear holocaust is impossible. This will only be achieved through total worldwide nuclear disarmament. The best chance for that at the moment is moving forward with the so-called Ban Treaty, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

"I call upon the UK Government to commit to attending next year's UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament and supporting the Ban Treaty."



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Photo: Jill Evans