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Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in General News

2016 Conference against A & H Bombs: Summary, Letter to all governments, & Declaration

2016 Conference against A & H Bombs: Summary, Letter to all governments, & Declaration

Dear friends,   The 2016 World Conference against A and H Bombs was successfully held on August 2 through 9 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the theme “A nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world”.  It adopted the “International Declaration” at the International Meeting held on August 2-4, “Call from Hiroshima” in the World Conference – Hiroshima on August 4-6, and the “Letter from Nagasaki to All Governments” at Nagasaki Day Rally on August 9.   The World Conference was participated in by 93 overseas delegates from 27 countries, including Mr. Kim Won-soo, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Mr. Sergio Duarte, Ex-UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and Mr. Miguel Ruiz-Cabanas Izquierdo, Vice-Foreign Minister of Mexico.  From all over Japan, about 7400 people took part in the Conference.   In the 71st year of the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the realization of a world without nuclear weapons is getting to be an agenda of international politics. Encouraged by ongoing discussion on “concrete effective legal measures, legal provisions and norms...

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) “Call to Action”

Deeply concerned that 15,350 nuclear weapons remain in the arsenals of 9 States, approximately 1,800 of which are on “high alert” status and can be launched within minutes; Aware that even a limited nuclear exchange could result in great loss of human life and could trigger (further) climate change and nuclear famine; Recalling the legally binding obligation adopted by 190 States in 1970, contained in Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to “undertake 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”; Noting the reaffirmation of this legally binding obligation by the International Court of Justice in 1996 and the 2010 “reaffirmation by the nuclear-weapon States of their unequivocal undertaking to accomplish, in accordance with the principle of irreversibility, the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals”; In light of the unanimous motion adopted by Canadian Members...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World

Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World

As citizens of this planet inspired by the Second Thematic World Social Forum for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World, conducted in Montreal from August 8 to August 12, 2016, we are collectively calling for a mobilization of civil society around the world to bring about the elimination of all nuclear weapons, to put an end to the continued mass- production of all high-level nuclear wastes by phasing out all nuclear reactors, and to bring to a halt all uranium mining worldwide. This call goes out to fellow citizens of all countries worldwide who see the need, whether as an individual or as a member of an organization, for a nuclear-fission-free world. We are committed to building a global network of citizens of the world who will work together, using the internet and social media to overcome isolation, to provide mutual support and to coordinate the launching of joint actions for a world free of nuclear fission technology, whether civilian or military. We will begin by creating communication channels to share information...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in General News

Homes not Bombs petition

Homes not Bombs petition

VOW joins Homes not Bombs in calling on the Trudeau regime to immediately halt plans to spend $26 billion on new warships and untold billions on new Super Hornet warplanes, and to instead spend those monies on desperately needed, socially useful programs. We call on the Trudeau government to end any and all support for the Canadian weapons trade, and to outlaw the production, sale, and export of weapons for war.   Sign the Homes not Bombs petition...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in General News

VOW Letter on Global Affairs and Nuclear Weapons Abolition

To mark the 71st anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, VOW has written to the Minister of Global Affairs, Hon. Stephan Dion, to call on him and the Government of Canada to show leadership on the abolition of nuclear weapons. Read our letter here. VOW has also endorsed the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) “Call to Action” for Nuclear Disarmament and the Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World (NFFW) that was just released at the World Social Forum....

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