UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres opened a signing ceremony and noted that it is a milestone as the first multilateral nuclear ban treaty in more than two decades.
'Today we rightfully celebrate a milestone. Now we must continue along the hard road towards the elimination of nuclear arsenals', said Guterres.
The document was signed by 51 countries. It will come into force in 90 days and after the ratification of 50 countries. Brazilian President Michel Temer was the first to sign the treaty.
The Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the international agreement that aims to provide a nuclear-free world. The negotiations on the treaty began in March 2017 and it was passed on July 7, 2017, however the countries that possess the nuclear weapons did no take part in the negotiations on this issue. 122 nations voted in the affirmative for it. The Netherlands voted against and Singapore abstained. 69 nations did not vote.