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Lois Barber, EarthAction’s Executive Director, is a member of the Coordinating Committee for the following important event set for April 2015. You are invited to join this global movement to make us all safer and more secure from the threat posed from the world's 16,000 nuclear weapons. Now’s the time for action.
Press Release: December 8, 2014
- International NGO Network Launches Plans for 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. Demands Fulfillment of NPT through Commencement of Negotiations for Complete Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.
Vienna and New York City -- On the occasion of the third International Conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons being held in Vienna, a broad international network of NGOs has announced plans for a major mobilization in the run-up to the critically important Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. The NPT Review Conference will be held at UN headquarters in New York City in April and May 2015. The Vienna conference, with more than 150 governments and 200 representatives of civil society participating, is designed to build momentum for a successful Review Conference.
Quoting the Call to Action, which was released today (see attached), Dr. Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee and a co-convener of the network said, “A nuclear weapon-free world can and must be achieved.” He continued, “The dangers of nuclear war didn’t disappear with the end of the Cold War. The United States and Russia have engaged in potentially catastrophic nuclear weapons drills during the continuing Ukraine crisis. ‘All options’ remain on the table threatening stability with Iran. In addition, the U.S. has flown simulated nuclear attacks against North Korea. Scientists now tell us that an exchange of between 50 and 100 of the world’s more than 16,000 nuclear weapons would result in a global famine leading to an estimated two billion deaths.”
- On the heels of the September 21 People’s Climate March, a broad international network of NGOs is marking the first United Nations-led International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons by announcing plans for a major mobilization in the run-up to the critically important Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. The NPT Review will be held at UN headquarters in New York City in April and May 2015.
Quoting the Call to Action, which was released today (see attached), Dr. Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee and a co-convener of the network said that “A nuclear weapon-free world can and must be achieved.” He continued, “The dangers of nuclear war didn’t disappear with the end of the Cold War. The United States and Russia engaged in potentially catastrophic nuclear weapons drills in the first days of the Ukraine War. ‘All options’ remain on the table threatening Iran, the U.S. has flown simulated nuclear attacks against North Korea, and scientists now tell us that an exchange of between 50 and 100 of the world’s more than 16,000 nuclear weapons would result in a global famine resulting in an estimated two billion deaths.”
Jackie Cabasso of the Western States Legal Foundation and also a co-convener of the international network, said: “The nuclear powers have refused to honor their legal and moral obligation to begin negotiations to ban and completely eliminate their nuclear arsenals. As we have seen at the United Nations High-Level Meeting for Disarmament and at the Oslo and Nayarit Conferences on the Human Consequences of Nuclear Weapons, the overwhelming majority of the world’s governments demand the implementation of the NPT. “We are working with partner organizations in the U.S. and other nations to mobilize international actions to bring popular pressure to bear on the 2015 Review Conference.”
The Spring 2015 Mobilization will highlight the inextricable connections between preparations for nuclear war, the environmental impacts of nuclear war and the nuclear fuel cycle, and military spending at the expense of meeting essential human needs - with $100 billion spent annually on nuclear weapons. The network demands that “the parties to the NPT …use the 2015 Review Conference to immediately, without delay, develop a time-bound framework for negotiating the elimination of their nuclear arsenals” and that the “four states outside the Treaty that have nuclear arms, India, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan….join any such negotiations.” Additional demands are to address the causes of climate change, and to cut military spending to meet human needs and to create green jobs.
EarthAction and 2020 Action fully support and have signed the Global Zero petition to President Obama calling for zero nuclear weapons. We hope, wherever you live, you will sign it too and will forward it to your friends and contacts.
From Global Zero:
What do Pearl Jam and the United Nations have in common? The same thing that REM and Richard Branson do: they all love this inspiring video at the heart of our new campaign calling on President Obama to set the world’s course to zero.
This month, we rolled out our biggest and most important campaign to date: a massive global grassroots appeal to President Obama to negotiate deep cuts in U.S.-Russian Cold War arsenals and bring world leaders together to set the world’s course to zero. And with a little help from Michael Douglas -- a passionate supporter of the Global Zero movement -- we released an amazing 2-minute video calling on the public to rise up and demand zero.
More than 50,000 people have already watched the video. We know that the more people who see it, the more likely it is to get in front of President Obama - so this week let’s double that number. Will you please take 2 minutes to watch it and share with friends and family?
We’ve already made a big splash in the media, thanks to a little help from Valerie Plame Wilson and Queen Noor, but we need your help if we’re going to reach the White House.
Watch it. Share it. Stand up and demand zero. Together, we’ll make history.
Derek, Lauren, John-Michael, Marion, Bonk and the rest of the Global Zero team
P.S. - Our video links to Global Zero's petition urging President Obama to take the next bold steps to global zero. Have you signed it yet?
Hamburg, 11th March, 2014 - Three years after the Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear disaster, the Global100RE Ambassadors are highlighting the need to refrain from using hazardous nuclear and fossil energy sources and instead shift towards 100% renewable energy. Ambassadors of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign Bill McKibben, David Suzuki, Hans-Josef Fell, Jeremy Leggett, and Ulrich Kelber call on policy makers around the world to take action as transitioning towards fossil-free societies is a matter of political will. If human beings are to preserve modernity and planetary habitability, we must soon shift to 100% renewable energy in all sectors.
The burning of fossil fuels is the main reason behind a 40% increase in CO2 concentrations since the industrial revolution (IPCC 2013). To avoid a further growth of greenhouse gas concentration, a stop of greenhouse gas emission is urgently necessary. Therefore a sustainable and efficient energy system is the prerequisite for achieving the internationally agreed upon climate protection target.
“Both present and future generations are relying on our acts right now to create a future transitionally less reliant on dirty energy,” says David Suzuki, scientist, broadcaster, author, and philanthropist. “Our dependence upon fossil resources has built a system that lacks diversity and security, threatens the health of our citizens, jeopardizes the stability of Earth's climate, and robs future generations of clean air, clean water, and energy independence.”
The good news is that solutions exist. From North America, to Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania communities, islands, cities and countries show that making the transition to 100% renewable energy is a political decision and an ethical imperative - the technical options do exist. The Ambassadors of the international campaign Global 100% Renewable Energy champion these success stories as encouragement and catalyst for change. “Cities and communities show that we can ramp up renewable energy dramatically and quickly. We need to carry this message around the planet fast," says Bill McKibben, renowned author, environmentalist and founder of 350.org.
The U.N. nuclear chief said on Friday there was "still a long way to go" to resolve a decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear program, a note of caution days after Tehran curbed its atomic activity under an interim deal with world powers.
Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, made the comment as he won broad backing from the IAEA's 35-nation board for the U.N. body's expanded role in Iran to check that it complies with the accord over the next six months.
Many governments said they would help pay the estimated $8 million the IAEA needs to inspect Iranian nuclear sites under the deal, which took effect on Monday, diplomats who attended the closed-door meeting said.
The IAEA will nearly double the number of people it already has working on Iran. Amano said the interim agreement - under which Iran will get relief from some economic sanctions - was an "important step forward towards achieving a comprehensive solution" to the nuclear dispute.
But, he added: "there is still a long way to go".
Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma
Nagasaki Bomb, Photo courtesy of WIkiCommons.
The number of countries demanding the elimination of nuclear weapons as a humanitarian imperative has recently grown to 80.
A joint statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons was released on behalf of many delegations to the 2013 Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee in Geneva. This statement discusses critiques of the NPT for ignoring the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons as a global concern.
The joint statement concluded that:
“It is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances… The only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons will never be used again is through their total elimination.”
As of recent, none of the states known as “nuclear-weapon states”* have signed the statement – United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea. Nevertheless, four NATO countries that are members of a nuclear alliance with the United States – Denmark, Iceland, Luxembourg, and Norway – did sign.
The States signing onto this new appeal (not all of them yet listed on the printed version posted to the RCW website) are: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Yemen and Zambia.
It’s time some of the leading countries with nuclear power consider taking a stride towards a nuclear-weapons-free world.
Story courtesy of http://peaceandhealthblog.com/2013/04/24/74-npt-states-issue-humanitarian-appeal-for-abolition/
...the number of bullets produced each year.
Thousands of people are killed, injured, raped, and forced to flee from their homes as a result of the unregulated global arms trade. The Control Arms campaign is a global civil society alliance calling for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty: a global, legally binding agreement that will ease the suffering caused by irresponsible transfers of conventional weapons and munitions.
Representatives from all countries will come together at the UN from March 18—25 to take the next step in developing a strong and effective global Arms Trade Treaty. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.
Click here for the Control Arms Campaign website. They have lots of resources and suggestions for taking action on this important issue.
Our friends at GlobalSolutions.org have lots of materials on their website for people who live in the U.S.A. Here’s a link to their Fact Sheet, and here’s a link to a great blog post, Getting Small Arms Out of the Wrong Hands, by Don Kraus, their Executive Director.
10 Killer Facts: the Global Weapons Trade, Amnesty International
Why do we need an arms trade treaty?, Amnesty International
Grant a primary education to every child on Earth? Bring clean water and basic sanitation to the entire global population? Reduce maternal mortality rates by three quarters? Adequately treat every person living with HIV/AIDS? End armed conflict? All of the above?
GDAMS urges global citizens to take action to focus political, public and media attention on global military spending, and to let our world leaders know that we’re watching. Something EarthAction can really get behind.
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