San Francisco, CA – At the close of its 83rd Annual Meeting today, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), for the 10th consecutive year, adopted a strong resolution in support of Mayors for Peace, noting that August 6 and 9, 2015 will mark the 70th anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The 2015 resolution comes at a time of heightened nuclear tensions between the U.S. and Russia, and as the deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran approaches. On May 22, the month-long five year NPT Review Conference ended without agreement on a final outcome document due to objections by the United States, backed by the United Kingdom and Canada, to rescheduling the Middle East Conference. The agreement would have provided that even if states in the region could not agree on an agenda, the conference would be convened by Mary 1, 2016, with or without Israel’s consent or participation. Israel, the only nuclear-armed state in the region, is not a member of the NPT.