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South Africa will sign Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons treaty

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Staff Writer | September 18, 2017
South Africa will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Presidency said.
Jacob Zuma
Nuclear energy   The first General Debate for António Guterres
President Jacob Zuma will ink the treaty on behalf of South Africa on September 20, presidential spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said.

Signature of the treaty reflects South Africa's continued commitment towards the achievement of a world free from the threat posed by nuclear weapons, Ngqulunga said.

This will ensure that nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes only, he added.

The Presidency issued the statement as Zuma arrived in New York to attend the UN General Assembly session under the theme "Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for all on a Sustainable Planet".

This will be the first General Debate for the newly appointed Secretary-General António Guterres, who started his term on January 1, 2017.