Parliamentary questions
4 April 2018
O-000038/2018
Question for oral answer
to the Council
Rule 128
João Ferreira, João Pimenta Lopes, Miguel Viegas, Sabine Lösing, Dennis de Jong, Martin Schirdewan, Nikolaos Chountis, Xabier Benito Ziluaga, Tania González Peñas, Miguel Urbán Crespo, Estefanía Torres Martínez, Lola Sánchez Caldentey, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Rina Ronja Kari, Patrick Le Hyaric, Eleonora Forenza, Luke Ming Flanagan, Merja Kyllönen, Kostadinka Kuneva, Paloma López Bermejo, Marina Albiol Guzmán, Barbara Spinelli, Sofia Sakorafa, Marisa Matias, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Maria Lidia Senra Rodríguez, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Curzio Maltese, Anne-Marie Mineur, Malin Björk, Javier Couso Permuy, Ángela Vallina, Younous Omarjee, Martina Anderson, Lynn Boylan, Matt Carthy, Liadh Ní Riada, Kathleen Van Brempt, Liliana Rodrigues, Ricardo Serrão Santos, Carlos Zorrinho, Ana Gomes, Nicola Caputo, Theresa Griffin, Karin Kadenbach, Ernest Urtasun, Pascal Durand, Molly Scott Cato, Bronis Ropė, Bart Staes, Jill Evans, Klaus Buchner, Claude Turmes, Monika Vana

 Subject: Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)

Nuclear weapons are the most serious threat to humanity, since their use would lead to widespread death and destruction and would release radiation that would have lasting repercussions for decades.

The dimension and potency of the nuclear arsenals currently in existence and the growing tension internationally, make the need for nuclear disarmament – an issue essential to safeguarding peace, security and the very survival of humanity – all the more urgent.

On 7 July 2017, a United Nations conference was convened to negotiate a legally binding instrument banning nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination – an objective shared by the 122 states promoters – and giving expression to the aspirations of the peoples for a world free of nuclear weapons. Thus, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was passed.

The treaty has been open for signature and ratification by the various UN member states since 20 September 2017.

When the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), addressed the European Parliament, it raised the importance of signing and ratifying the treaty.

The UN has set the mandate for a high-Level conference on nuclear disarmament, to take place at its headquarters from May 14 to 16 2018, to make progress on effective measures for nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament.

The Council is asked to answer the following:

– Does it intend to discuss this UN conference and the position of the Member States on the TPNW?

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