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The United Nations General Assembly just formally adopted the resolution to start negotiations for the ban treaty!
The resolution was adopted by a large majority, with 113 UN member states voting in favour, 35 voting against and 13 abstaining. Several governments even switched to ‘Yes’ from the October vote. You can be sure that this was down to the efforts of ICAN campaigners in those countries to get their governments back onside.
You might notice that the ‘Yes’ numbers were a bit lower than for the First Committee vote, but that is mainly down to the fact that the vote took place late at night on Friday before the Christmas holiday. Many government missions were apparently already closed for the holidays. The vote came much later than expected, and we know now that this was due to the UN’s bureaucratic processes, as well as attempts by the United States to withdraw funding for the resolution.
Fortunately the momentum was unstoppable and the path is now clear for negotiations!
Please read and share ICAN’s article about the vote and the next steps: http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/un-general-assembly-approves-historic-resolution/
ICAN’s Press Release was just released to our international media contacts. Feel free to translate and adapt for your local contexts as well. It is attached in Word form below.
Congratulations again to all you ICAN campaigners out there who made this happen. History is in the making and we wouldn’t be in this position without your tireless efforts. The ban is coming!
An extra happy holidays to all!