A nuclear working group at the UN concluded its work in Geneva recently and the majority of governments voted to recommended that the UN General Assembly set up a conference in 2017 to negotiate a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.
Nuclear weapons are the only weapon of mass destruction that are not outlawed by international treaty. But that is about to change.
Bill Kidd MSP, as co-chair of the Nuclear Disarmament Cross Party Group, hosted an event on 23 September at the Scottish Parliament to mark both the UN International Day of Peace and the UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Organised by the Scottish Branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (S WILPF) with support from Scottish CND, ICAN UK and other members of the Scrap Trident Coalition, the meeting addressed the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, including the particular relevance for women and girls, and examined the ways in which gender structures stand in the way of disarmament. Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs contributed introductory remarks. (more…)
The stirring condemnation of nuclear weapons by Pope Francis today at the United Nations and his call for their prohibition and complete elimination in compliance with promises made in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), signed by the US in 1970, 45 years ago, should give new momentum to the current campaign to start negotiations on a ban treaty.
‘Religious leaders, mayors and parliamentarians share the common good of a nuclear-weapon-free world’ announced leaders of Religions for Peace, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and Mayors for Peace at a meeting in Hiroshima on August 6, 2015
The leaders released a Joint Statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the establishment of the United Nations.
The joint statement is being circulated globally for endorsement by other religious leaders and legislators. It will be presented to the United Nations on September 26, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, in order to support UN initiatives and processes for complete nuclear disarmament.
Sixty years ago this month, renowned intellectuals Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell issued their famous manifesto in London calling for the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. “We appeal as human beings to human beings: remember your humanity, and forget the rest,” they wrote. (more…)
This statement from the Lenape Center was delivered at the beginning of Abolition 2000’s Annual General Meeting on May 2, 2015.
Welcome to the Land of the Lenape, Lenapehoking.
Mother Earth has provided for us everything we need to experience life since the beginning of time.
This generosity has been abused by the addiction of profit, and her body deemed a commodity. We have prostituted our life-giving Mother to our greed; our vicious lust for profit has caused great injury to her body, a body that sustains us. Climate change is the symptom, global warming is her fever and the disease is greed.
Had we kept a relationship of honor and respect with the Earth, we would not be in this climate change predicament, nor would we be here today to speak of peace and disarmament.
The root cause of climate change, the weapons race, nuclear proliferation, and the military industrial complex are one: Humans have lost their natural calibration to the life-giving cycles of our planet. Heart, consciousness, compassion, balance, have ceased to be spun into life, and into renewal : Humans no longer feel an obligation to honor Earth’s true role as the life-giver and respectfully follow her natural cycles. The overwhelming obligation is now profit, at all costs.
Welcome to Lenapehoking and into a call for a new cycle of consciousness.