Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has signed the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. The signing ceremony was held on July 31 of 2019 at the United Nations headquarters, in New York, USA. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) congratulates St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Its ratification of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on July 31 of 2019 is a laudable act. This reflects the commitment of the Caribbean nation to a world free of nuclear weapons.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines sign TPAN
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the third member of CORICOM, to ratify the Treaty. The previous ones were Guyana and Saint Lucia. Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda, two other member states of the Caribbean Community, have also signed the Treaty. However, they have not yet ratified it. Twelve of the CORICOM members voted in favor of the adoption of the UN Treaty on July 7 of 2017.
Strong international support for the end of the threat posed by nuclear weapons
CARICOM has described it as a reflection of "strong international support for the permanent end of the threat posed by nuclear weapons." In October of 2018, CARICOM announced that it is expected that other of its member states sign and ratify the Treaty: "in a short time, as we seek to contribute to the prompt entry into force of the Treaty and its universal accession." Several CARICOM member states intend to participate in a high-level signing and ratification ceremony of the TPAN. The September 26 of 2019 will be held in New York. On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
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