The United Nations’ Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty: Article 6, Victim Assistance and Environmental Remediation

Last week, CCNS began a four-part series about the United Nations’ Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, whose entry into force three weeks from now will advance the movement toward the future elimination of nuclear weapons.  But first, a few words on the significance of the Treaty:  Friday, January 22nd, 2021 will be a historic day for nuclear weapons.  That is the date when the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty will begin to establish in international law a categorical ban on nuclear weapons 75 years after their development and first use.

The purpose of the Treaty is to outlaw the development, manufacture, testing, possession, transfer, acquisition, stockpiling, use or threat of use, control or receipt, stationing or deployment of nuclear weapons.

The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty was approved in July 2017 by 122 nation states.  The fiftieth nation state to sign and ratify the Treaty was Honduras, on October 24th of 2020, which meant the Treaty would enter into force ninety days later, on January 22nd of 2021.  As of November 1st, 2020, 84 countries have become State Parties to the Treaty.

The Treaty itself is composed of 20 official Articles.

Last week we summarized Article 4, about the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Today, we look at Article 6, which addresses essential Victim Assistance and Environmental Remediation.  Each of its three paragraphs consists of a single long sentence, which we are quoting in their entirety.

Paragraph 1 of the Treaty’s Article 6 recognizes that in each nation, individuals may be suffering because of their exposure to radiation from nuclear weapons testing and use.  It says, “Each State Party shall, with respect to individuals under its jurisdiction who are affected by the use or testing of nuclear weapons, in accordance with applicable international humanitarian and human rights law, adequately provide age- and gender-sensitive assistance, without discrimination, including medical care, rehabilitation and psychological support, as well as provide for their social and economic inclusion.”

Paragraph 2 recognizes that in each nation there may be degradation of the environment that needs to be corrected.  Paragraph 2 says, “Each State Party, with respect to areas under its jurisdiction or control contaminated as a result of activities related to the testing or use of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, shall take necessary and appropriate measures towards the environmental remediation of areas so contaminated.”

Paragraph 3 concludes, saying, “The obligations under paragraphs 1 and 2 above shall be without prejudice to the duties and obligations of any other States under international law or bilateral agreements.”

Next week, we’ll discuss Article 7 about international cooperation and assistance.

Join the Entry Into Force (EIF) movement.  Learn more at:  International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons at , Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance at, and the Nuclear Ban Treaty EIF facebook page at

Did You Know that CCNS welcomes your financial contributions?


*  The CARES Act, which went into effect this spring, established a new above-the-line deduction for charitable giving? Individuals may write off up to $300 ($600 for couples) in cash donations to non-governmental organizations, such as CCNS, when filing their 2020 income tax return. You can make an electronic donation at or mail your check to:  CCNS, PO Box 31147, Santa Fe, NM  87594.


Did You Know?


*  That CCNS is in the process of appealing one of our cases to the United States Supreme Court on an issue of standing that may relate to the future success of many non-governmental organizations?  We thank you in advance for your moral support and for your financial contributions in any amount you are able to give at this time.  

Please also consider…

*   joining our amazing group of monthly contributors at

*  donating mutual funds, stocks and securities

*  giving through an IRA Charitable Rollover

*  leaving an estate gift, such as a bequest, or other planned gift.

CCNS will put your donation to work right away to continue to produce and distribute the weekly CCNS News Update and Did You Know? through our social media network.

Thank you!

P.S.  If you would like to receive our end-of-year fundraising letter to learn more about our on-going activities, including our case before the U.S. Supreme Court, please email us at and we’ll send it right to you.


Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


No comments so far.

  • Leave a Reply
    Your gravatar
    Your Name