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The City of Geneva signs the call for Swiss adherence to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The Executive Council of the City of Geneva has signed the call issued by the federal authorities in favour of Swiss adherence to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). This treaty prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons, paving the way to their total elimination.

While Switzerland played a key role in negotiating the TPNW, the Federal Council is still to sign it. By subscribing to this call issued by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the Novel Peace Prize in 2017, the City of Geneva has asked the federal authorities to make every effort to ensure this treaty is signed immediately.

Together with six other Swiss cities and some thirty key Swiss figures in the fields of politics, diplomacy and academia, the City of Geneva thereby expresses its concern for the security of Switzerland and Europe in light of the recent threats to use nuclear weapons in the context of the war in Ukraine.

As a City of peace and a major player in negotiations and arbitrations intended to resolve international disputes and conflicts, Geneva already subscribed to the global call of cities in favour of the TPNW in 2019 and has stated, several times, its support for nuclear disarmament as a member of the municipal network of mayors for peace, chaired by the Mayor of Hiroshima.

The City of Geneva believes that prohibiting and stigmatising these weapons of mass destruction is a demand that, now more than ever, needs to be reiterated.

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Article modifié le 30.11.2022 à 14:12