U.S. lawmaker backs nuclear weapons ban treaty

A U.S. congresswoman has thrown her support behind the landmark U.N. pact banning nuclear weapons, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning antinuclear group said.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons said Eleanor Holmes Norton from Washington, D.C., has signed and sent to ICAN a pledge for the world’s lawmakers who agree to work to promote the signature and ratification of the treaty in their respective countries.

ICAN, which has been running a campaign urging legislators around the world to sign such a pledge, said Norton is the first to do so in the U.S. Congress. So far, more than 50 British parliamentarians have signed and sent similar pledges to ICAN.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted in July of last year with the support of 122 U.N. members, but without backing from any of the major nuclear powers that constitute the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

ICAN, founded in 2007, is a coalition of nongovernmental organizations involving about 470 groups from over 100 nations. It won last year’s Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts that led to the adoption of the pact.

This article provided by NewsEdge.