Endorsing the United Nations Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Moved by National Women's Liberal Commission


  • under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1970), Canada has a solemn obligation, under international law, to press for worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons;
  • for the past 20 years, nuclear weapons have been the only weapons of mass destruction not yet banned by international agreement (cf. Biological Weapons Convention, 1975; Chemical Weapons Convention, 1997);
  • in December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly initiated a process to negotiate a legal ban on nuclear weapons;
  • on April 7, 2017, Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, an organization of over 900 Order of Canada recipients, called on the Government of Canada to endorse “a verifiable treaty on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons”;
  • on July 7, 2017, 122 countries approved the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which will be open for signature at United Nations Headquarters in New York as of September 20, 2017, and will be in force once 50 countries have acceded to it;
  • experts at the University of Waterloo and member groups of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons were consulted in drafting this resolution;


BE IT RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada, during its current mandate, to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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