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WCC leadership celebrates steps toward world free from nuclear weapons

WCC leadership celebrates steps toward world free from nuclear weapons

Messages of peace are spread across the world, as the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to ICAN. Photo: Ivars Kupcis/WCC

22 November 2017

The World Council of Churches Executive Committee, during its meeting in Amman, Jordan on 17-23 November, issued a “Statement on Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), and on 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”

The statement reads: “Nuclear weapons must never be used again, under any circumstances.”

It continues: “We welcome the fact that since being opened for signature on 20 September 2017, TPNW has been signed by 53 states, of which 3 have already ratified it - a swift start on the path to the threshold of 50 ratifications for the treaty to enter into force.”

The statement also welcomes the award of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), of which WCC is a member alongside many other civil society and faith-based organizations.

Read full statement on TPNW, and on 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

During Advent, WCC invites the world to “A Light of Peace” (WCC press release of 14 November 2017)

WCC congratulates Nobel Peace Prize laureate ICAN (WCC press release of 6 October 2017)

WCC Executive Committee emphasize peace, justice and unity (WCC press release of 19 November 2017)

WCC Executive Committee to convene in Amman (WCC press release 16 November, 2017)