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Posted by on May 15, 2009 in VOW Statements & Endorsements

ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND PHASING OUT NUCLEAR ENERGY

ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR  WEAPONS AND PHASING OUT NUCLEAR ENERGY

 

Statement by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace for distribution in New York at the meetings of the CSD 17 and the NPT Prep Com from the 4-15 May 2009.

RECOGNISING that these two crucial meetings coincide and provide the opportunity again to highlight the interdependence of the fundamental issues addressed by the two meetings;

RECALLING  the Nobel Laureate Declaration, signed by thirty-five Nobel Laureates. This Declaration,  prepared for UNCED by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the Whistler Foundation for Environmental Sustainability calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the phasing out of nuclear energy;

CONSCIOUS of the inextricable link between nuclear energy and the development of nuclear weapons;

CONCERNED about the known and yet-to-be-known serious health, environmental, social and psychological impacts of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy;

ALARMED about the continued failure to abolish nuclear weapons and the dire consequences of the threat or use of nuclear weapons;

REAFFIRMING the 1996 decision of the International Court of Justice that the threat or the use of nuclear weapons is contrary to international humanitarian law;

REAFFIRMING  that each of the parties to the NPT undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early  date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control;

REAFFIRMING also the precautionary principle which reads where there is an irreversible threat of destruction to the environment, to biodiversity, to climate,  the lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason to postpone measures to prevent the threat (paraphrase of the principles enunciated in the Rio Declaration, Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Framework Convention on Climate Change;) the application of the precautionary principle is vital in all issues facing both the CSD and the NPT;

CONCERNED that Article IV of the NPT enshrines the inalienable right of all parties to the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes;

CONCERNED about nuclear energy being presented as a safe and clean alternative, and as a solution to climate change when it is neither safe nor clean for the following reasons:

– undermines climate protection by wasting time and taking resources away from more effective, clean and safe solutions

– results in the dumping of this expensive and unsafe technology throughout the world

– decreases global security as volumes of nuclear waste with no safe method of disposal increase massively and materials and technologies are spread;

ACKNOWLEDGING the long-term implications of the overconsumptive model of development , and the failure to adequately conserve energy and resources;

AWARE of alternative safe source of medical isotopes;

 

WE CALL FOR:

–  ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS;

– PHASING OUT OF NUCLEAR ENERGY;

– REMOVING THE PROVISION FOR  “PEACEFUL” USE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY FROM ARTICLE IV OF THE NPT

– REPLACING OF ARTICLE 1V OF THE NPT WITH PROVISIONS FOR SOCIALLY EQUITABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE AND SOUND RENEWABLE ENERGY;

– LIMITING THE ROLE OF THE IAEA TO THE INSPECTION OF THE NUCLEAR ARSENAL OF ALL STATES, AND TO THE FURTHERING OF THE ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS;

– BANNING OF THE EXPLORATION, MINNG AND EXPORT OF URANIUM;

– PHASING OUT OF THE USE OF NUCLEAR REACTORS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF MEDICAL ISOTOPES;

– INSTITUTING A FAIR AND JUST TRANSITION PROGRAMME FOR WORKERS, INCLUDING SCIENTISTS, AFFECTED BY THE ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND BY THE PHASING OUT OF NUCLEAR ENERGY;

– GUARANTEEING OF THE RIGHTS OF FUTURE GENERATIONS TO A WORLD FREE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND OF NUCLEAR ENERGY.