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Protect People and the Planet: Appeal for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World
The WFM-Canada is proud to be co-sponsoring this event in partnership with UNFOLD ZERO. The event focuses on the role of the United Nations in nuclear disarmament and addressing the climate crisis, the importance of these issues for current and future generations, and how these could be included in the UN Summit of the Future.
We support Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament's mission to prevent nuclear proliferation and to achieve a nuclear weapons-free world. See the range of initiatives this global network of legislators is working on by visiting their website and/or Facebook page!
Global Appeal to end the nuclear threat, abolish nuclear weapons and shift the weapons budgets and investments to support public health, COVID-19 recovery, the climate and sustainable development.
The nuclear weapons possessed by nine countries threaten us all. Any use of these weapons by accident, miscalculation or malicious intent, would have catastrophic human, economic and environmental consequences. The use of just a small fraction of the 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world’s stockpiles could end civilization as we know it.
In addition, the $100 billion spent annually on nuclear weapons is sorely needed for environmental, economic, and human needs, including addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the climate and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
We, the undersigned, call on our cities, parliaments and governments to:
- Affirm that nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, and therefore the nuclear armed States should stand down their nuclear forces and affirm policies never to initiate a nuclear war (no-first-use policies);
- Commit to the elimination of nuclear weapons by 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations;
- Cut nuclear weapons budgets (if they are a nuclear-weapon State), end investments in the nuclear weapons industry (all governments), and redirect these investments and budgets to support the United Nations, COVID-19 management and recovery, drastic reductions in carbon emissions to protect the climate, and financing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Nuclear disarmament, climate change and the UN Summit of the Future
An inter-generational event during UN Disarmament Week (Oct 24-30)
Includes presentation of the Protect People and the Planet Appeal
Wednesday October 26, 1:15pm-2:45pm.
In-person: UN Millennium Hilton Hotel, One UN Plaza, New York
Live-streamed: On Basel Peace Office Facebook page
Registration: (required for in-person attendance)
On September 8, 2022, the United Nations General Assembly decided (by resolution A/RES/76/307) to hold a “Summit of the Future: multilateral solutions for a better tomorrow” in September 2024 at the UN in New York, preceded by a preparatory ministerial meeting to be held in September 2023. It is expected that the Summit will adopt a Pact for the Future and establish a UN Special Envoy for Future Generations.
Nuclear war and climate change pose existential threats to current and future generations. The Summit of the Future provides opportunities to reduce the risk of nuclear war, advance the legal and political requirements to eliminate nuclear weapons, stabilize the climate and protect the most vulnerable communities already impacted by climate change.
Our Oct 26 event will focus on nuclear disarmament, climate change and the UN Summit of the Future. It will include presentation of the civil society appeal Protect People and the Planet: Appeal for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World which makes the connection between nuclear abolition and climate protection, and calls for the total elimination of nuclear weapons to be achieved no later than 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations.
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