Following the adoption on last July 7th of the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons leading towards their total elimination, and the opening of the document for subscription since September 20th in the UN headquarters in New York, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) has launched in Portugal, on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 26th, the following petition addressed to the Portuguese Authorities.
For Portugal to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - For peace, security, the future of Humanity!
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 leave sequels for decades;
The size and potency of the nuclear arsenals that currently exist and the growing tension that marks the international situation attest the urgent need to demand nuclear disarmament - an essential issue to safeguard peace, security and the very survival of Humanity;
On July 7, 2017, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by the United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument banning nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination - a goal shared by the 122 promoting States, voicing the aspirations of the peoples of a world free of nuclear weapons;
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is open for signature and ratification by the various Member States of the United Nations since September 20, 2017;
Defending that Portugal, following the spirit and letter of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, which upholds "general, simultaneous and controlled disarmament", must be on the side of peace and the initiatives that promote it, like the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a United Nations initiative;
Deeply concerned with the catastrophic effects that would result from any use of nuclear weapons and recognizing the consequent need to eliminate them completely as the only way to ensure that nuclear weapons will never again be used under any circumstances;
For peace, for security, for the future of Humanity, the signatories of this petition:
-express the demand for the elimination of nuclear weapons and their non-proliferation;
- voice their satisfaction at the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons within the framework of the United Nations;
- demand from the Portuguese authorities the signature and ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, in compliance with what is enshrined in Article 7 of the Constitution of the Republic, which advocates "general, simultaneous and controlled disarmament".