Brighton's Quaker community, in conjunction with members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, is celebrating the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This becomes international law on 22nd January and comprehensively prohibits participation in any nuclear weapon activities. Quakers have been campaigning for decades to rid the world of these weapons of mass destruction.
Although the treaty is only binding on the countries (so far 50 of them) that join it, its entry into force will also affect countries, such the UK, which have refused to engage with disarmament. It will help to stigmatise nuclear weapons, and it reflects the breadth of opposition to them across the world.
Brighton’s planned gathering of multi-faith and peace groups in New Road to mark this occasion has had to be put on hold due to Covid restrictions, but Quakers are inviting individuals to reflect privately on this historic step during the day.
More information about the treaty can be found on the Quakers in Britain website.