Political Science Publications

Title

Where was Canada?

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

Summer 7-14-2017

Journal

London Free Press

Abstract

In a historic move at the United Nations last week, a large majority of the world’s nations voted to adopt a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons. Affirming that any use of nuclear weapons would be abhorrent, 122 countries voted for the treaty.

But none of the countries that actually possess nuclear weapons agreed to participate.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the final product of three international conferences hosted by the Austria, Norway and Mexico since 2013. Participants wanted to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of using nuclear weapons and the grave implications they pose for human survival, transcending national borders.