Action Card - July 2017
Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Material provided by Christians Aware)
The World Council of Churches was amongst the faith communities which sent the following statement to the General Assembly of the UN meeting in 2016.
“For decades, the obligation and responsibility of all states to eliminate these weapons of mass destruction has been embodied in Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Progress toward the fulfillment of this repeatedly affirmed commitment has been far too slow, at times imperceptible. The overwhelming indiscriminate and inhumane destructive capacity of these weapons is more than enough justification for their immediate prohibition. And, in times of conflict and escalating tensions like the present - with nuclear weapons being brandished again - it is even more critical to de-nuclearize both international crises and international conflict resolution. It is high time to put a treaty in place to prohibit nuclear weapons and to finally remove them from crisis dynamics. Current cases are Northeast Asia, the NATO-Russia border and South Asia.
We therefore welcome and support the outcome of the ‘Open-ended Working Group to Develop Proposals to Take forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations for the Achievement and Maintenance of a World without Nuclear Weapons’.
We urge all governments to support the resolution mandating a conference in 2017 to negotiate a new legally binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons and leading to their elimination. Civil society organizations, including faith-based organizations, have a vital role to play in such negotiations, and we call for their full inclusion in the conference and negotiation process.”
The UN General Assembly is meeting again in September 2017. Please contact the WCC (World Council of Churches P.O. Box 2100, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland) urging them to renew their efforts on this vital issue.