UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Saturday welcomed the first anniversary of the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapon, which he previously called an “essential pillar” of international peace and security, and the “heart” of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.

“The treaty’s adoption on 7 July 2017 by 122 States demonstrated the strong and legitimate international support that exists for a permanent end to the threat posed by nuclear arms,” Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement on behalf of the UN chief.

The objective of the landmark international treaty is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.

It represents the only binding disarmament commitment in a multilateral treaty by the nuclear-weapon States.

Haq noted that to date, it has 59 signatures and 11 ratifications. Once 50 States have ratified the treaty, it will enter into force, “becoming an important element of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.”

“The United Nations remains committed to the total elimination of nuclear weapons as its highest disarmament priority,” the statement concluded.