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Updated On: Wednesday, August 23 2017
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Conference to Negotiate Legally Binding Instrument Banning Nuclear Weapons Adopts Treaty by 122 Votes in Favour, 1 against, 1 Abstention

Content by: UN General Assembly

Note:  A complete summary of today's Conference on Nuclear Weapons meeting will be available after its conclusion.

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ELAYNE WHYTE GÓMEZ (Costa Rica), Conference President, said that delegations would be leaving today with the satisfaction of having carried out their duty.

  The Conference would adopt a text that enjoyed legitimacy and reflected agreement between those holding different positions.  The text left the door open to nuclear-weapon States, as well as those with control over such weapons to sign up to the treaty, she emphasized.  With the Conference only a few moments from telling those impacted by nuclear weapons that the first seeds of a world free of them had been sown after so many decades, she said, it was, in the same vein, a few moments from saying that it was indeed possible for future generations to inherit a world free of nuclear weapons.

The representative of the Netherlands said her delegation could not accept the text, adding that it wished to lodge a formal objection to its adoption and request a formal recorded vote.

The President said that, in accordance with Conference rules of procedure, the text’s adoption would require a majority of two thirds of the States present and voting.

The Conference then adopted the text by a recorded vote of 122 in favour to 1 against (Netherlands), with 1 abstention (Singapore).

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