On July 7, 2017 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, also known as the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. A new analysis for NTI from Center for Nonproliferation Studies expert Andrea Berger examines the Ban Treaty from conception to negotiation to adoption of the Treaty’s text. The Ban Treaty will not enter into force until 90 days after the 50th country ratifies it, and there are only three ratifications to date. Berger compares the Ban Treaty to existing multilateral treaties on nuclear weapons, detailing its possible effects—whether or not it ever enters into force—and the perspectives from proponents and critics.
Berger’s analysis comes with three interactive maps that illustrate how countries voted on authorizing the Ban Treaty Negotiations in October 2016 and on adopting the Ban Treaty text in July 2017, and which countries have signed and ratified the Treaty itself.Read the analysis and view the interactive maps here.