Joint civil society statement to NPT states parties released

On 10 January 2022, a joint statement endorsed by more than 90 civil society groups worldwide was delivered to the states parties of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The statement built on the one released in 2020, when the NPT’s Tenth Review Conference was first postponed. It was being readied for delivery at the Review Conference, which had been rescheduled for January 2022 and is now postponed again.

To read the statement in full and view a list of endorsing organisations, click here.

A video delivery of the statement can be found here

IPB Response to the Recent P-5 Statement Released by the White House

We welcome the reiteration of the Reagan-Gorbachev and Biden-Putin statements by the five leading nuclear weapons states that nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. Some have expressed the belief that this may contribute to serious nuclear disarmament negotiations and agreements among five of the nine nuclear powers. Such initiatives and agreements would be welcome and contribute to international security and human survival.

At the same time, we note that these same leaders are spending billions to upgrade and in some cases expand  their genocidal nuclear arsenals. They are recklessly engaged in provocative military operations in which  accidents or miscalculations could trigger nuclear holocausts.

We concur with U.N. Secretary General Guterres’ statement that “the only way to eliminate all nuclear risks is to eliminate all nuclear weapons”.. For the sake of humanity’s future, we must do all that we can to eliminate the existential threats posed by nuclear weapons and the climate emergency.

  • We join with our partners in the Peace & Planet international network, in which the International Peace Bureau play a leading role which, following the P-5 statement called for: Immediate fulfillment of their Article VI obligations and past agreements to abolish nuclear weapons by the nuclear-armed states participating in the 2021 NPT Review Conference.
  • Commencement of negotiations between Russia and the U.S. for deep reductions in their nuclear arsenals, to be joined at the earliest possible date by the other nuclear-armed states to achieve the global elimination of nuclear weapons.
  • A halt in the development and deployment of all new nuclear weapons and delivery systems
  • Significant reduction in spending for nuclear weapons and related systems, including dual use “missile defenses” and hypersonic weapons, and increased spending to address the climate crisis and other urgent human needs through national and international just conversion plans and ambitions.
  • Support, signing and ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  • An end to nuclear sharing.
  • Pursuit of settlement of conflicts through diplomacy and peaceful means based on the UN Charter and established international law and rules.
  • Negotiations to fulfill the promise of the creation of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction.
  • Common Security diplomacy to reduce military tensions and to create an environment more conducive to nuclear disarmament negotiations.

We recognize that few if any of these steps will be taken without committed action and advocacy by civil society. It is past time to educate, advocate, organize, protest, and survive.

The original P5 statement can be found here.

Peace & Planet Message to the 2022 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference and to the International Community

(Image: meeting of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) DSG wide. Image by meetings.unoda.org)

(Video: Peace & Planet Online International Conference | January 4, 2022)

Peace & Planet Message to the 2022 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference and to the International Community

 

In 1955, at the height of the Cold War, the philosopher Bertrand Russell and the physicist Albert Einstein issued an appeal to the world to prevent nuclear holocaust. Most compellingly, their appeal stated:

“There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death.”

Today, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock, set at 100 seconds to midnight, warns that humanity stands at the brink of apocalypse due to the twin existential threats posed by nuclear weapons and climate change. As stated by The Bulletin:

“Accelerating nuclear programs in multiple countries moved the world into less stable and manageable territory last year. Development of hypersonic glide vehicles, ballistic missile defenses, and weapons-delivery systems that can flexibly use conventional or nuclear warheads may raise the probability of miscalculation in times of tension.” Continuing preparations for nuclear war by the nine nuclear powers and the climate emergency are compounded by “the continuing corruption of the information ecosphere on which democracy and public decision-making depend.” 

Solutions to these threats are readily apparent: fulfill the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty’s promise of a nuclear weapons-free world; end the use of fossil fuels; and make massive investments in green energy alternatives.

The entry-into-force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is a landmark achievement of the international peace movement, anti-nuclear Mayors, Parliamentarians, and governments.  The realization of the TPNW demonstrates that the majority of the world’s nations stand in judgement – even outrage – at the failure of the original nuclear-armed states – joined now by additional nuclear powers – to fulfill their Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Article VI obligation to engage in good faith negotiations for the complete elimination of the nuclear arsenals. Trust has been further shattered by the nuclear weapons states’ failure to fulfill commitments reinforced by agreements made in connection with NPT Review conferences in 1995, 2000 and 2010, including an “unequivocal undertaking” to  accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals.

The NPT’s disarmament obligations were universalized by the International Court of Justice, which in its 1996 Advisory Opinion issued an authoritative interpretation of Article VI, finding unanimously: “There exists an obligation to pursue in good faith and bring to a conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control.

Yet today, the nuclear powers are spending trillions of dollars to upgrade their omnicidal nuclear arsenals and delivery systems. Provocative military actions in the midst of increasing confrontations between the U.S. and NATO versus China and Russia, in Northeast Asia and in South Asia, heighten the danger that an accident, an unintended incident, or a miscalculation could ignite military – potentially nuclear – conflicts

The nuclear powers’ failure to fulfill their NPT obligations, their increasing investment in and reliance on nuclear weapons, ongoing “first use” nuclear warfighting doctrines of countries including the United States and Russia, and development of overwhelming conventional high-tech weaponry, encourage political and economic forces in other nations to seek their own nuclear “deterrent,” further increasing the dangers of nuclear catastrophe.

  • The U.S. and Russia are spending trillions of dollars in their 21st century nuclear arms race to maintain and modernize every warhead and delivery system in their arsenals.
  • Britain has announced it is increasing the size of its nuclear arsenal by more than 40%, from 180 to 260 warheads, and is reducing transparency about its nuclear arsenal, and it joined the U.S. and Australia in promulgating the nuclear AUKUS alliance in violation of Article VI of the NPT.
  • France has launched a project to develop its third generation of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, designed to hold the world hostage until 2090.
  • China is modernizing its nuclear arsenal and developing a nuclear triad for the first time, made up of new land and sea-based missiles and nuclear capable-aircraft. In 2020 China increased its stockpile from an estimated 290 warheads to 320.
  • India increased its arsenal from an estimated 130-140 nuclear warheads in 2019 to 150 in 2020 and is threatening Pakistan and China with its nascent nuclear triad.
  • Pakistan is developing a nuclear triad of its own. Unlike neighboring India and China, Pakistan does not have a “no first use” doctrine, and reserves the right to use nuclear weapons, particularly low-yield tactical nuclear weapons, to offset India’s advantage in conventional forces.
  • Diamona, a secretive Israeli nuclear facility at the center of the nation’s undeclared atomic weapons program is undergoing what appears to be its biggest construction project in decades.
  • In January 2021, North Korea pledged to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal and military potential. It declared its intention to advance its nuclear capabilities and strengthen military power. It has kept its promise to suspend nuclear and ICBM tests, but it continues missile launch tests including submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

Even short of nuclear attacks, nuclear weapons devastate human lives as a consequence of radioactive poisoning from their production cycle and the diversion of essential human and financial resources: from stanching the Covid-19 pandemic and addressing other health crises; from the rising waters, devastating storms, and massive fires of the climate emergency; and from hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness.

The vision and possibility of a nuclear weapons-free world have existed since the earliest calls from Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb survivors, the world’s scientists, international civil society, and sobered national leaders and diplomats who understand that nuclear wars can never be won and must not be fought.

We call for:

  • Immediate fulfillment of their Article VI obligations and past agreements to abolish nuclear weapons by the nuclear-armed states participating in the 2021 NPT Review Conference.
  • Commencement of negotiations between Russia and the U.S. for deep reductions in their nuclear arsenals, to be joined at the earliest possible date by the other nuclear-armed states to achieve the global elimination of nuclear weapons.
  • A halt in the development and deployment of all new nuclear weapons and delivery systems
  • Significant reduction in spending for nuclear weapons and related systems, including dual use “missile defenses” and hypersonic weapons, and increased spending to address the climate crisis and other urgent human needs through national and international just conversion plans and ambitions.
  • Support, signing and ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  • An end to nuclear sharing.
  • Pursuit of settlement of conflicts through diplomacy and peaceful means based on the UN Charter and established international law and rules.
  • Negotiations to fulfill the promise of the creation of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction.
  • Common Security diplomacy to reduce military tensions and to create an environment more conducive to nuclear disarmament negotiations.

We call on the peace movements of the world for:

  • Mobilization of people’s voices and opinions to exert maximum pressure on our governments, especially nuclear weapon states and their allies, to sign and ratify the TPNW.
  • Demanding our governments to cut the massive spending on nuclear weapons and military to save people’s lives and living from the current pandemic through national and international just conversion plans and ambitions .
  • Increased multi-issue international civil society collaboration to build the political pressure to achieve a nuclear weapons-free world.
  • Organizing and joining the January 4, 2022 International Conference to be held as the NPT Review begins to rally and demonstrate the people’s demands and aspirations to achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Peace & Planet Network Participating Organizations: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament & Common Security, Gensuikin, Gensuikyo, International Peace Bureau, International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, International Trade Union Confederation,  Mouvement de la Paix,  Peace Action, Peace Action New York State, Peoples Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, Public Council of the South Coast of the Gulf of Finland, Stop the War Coalition Philippines, United for Peace & Justice, Western States Legal Foundation

 

REPORT ON THE VOLTA REGION DESAG WEBINAR AT OLA GIRLS, HO ON 10TH NOVEMBER, 2021 ON THE TOPIC “THE PROLIFERATION OF SMALL ARMS AND ITS IMPACT ON GHANAIAN YOUTH”

VIRTUAL GATHERING AND PHYSICAL ARRIVAL

The event opened with a dance performance by OLA GIRLS cultural troupe depicting the consequences of gun violence on communities.

Opening statement by Juliet

She touched on a host of reasons why it became imperative for such an event to be held at such an opportune time. Among the many things she highlighted include the ever increasing rate of,

  • Spousal killings
  • Ritual murders
  • Chieftaincy Disputes
  • Ethnic and Tribal Clashes
  • Armed Robbery and the general State of insecurity in the country etc.

She ended with a clarion call on all and sundry to join in the fight against the illicit arms trade.

Introduction of IPB its work and growth in Africa by Reiner Braun

He described the role of IPB in advocacy efforts against small arms trade and gun violence around the world. IPB’s role in connecting the different national and sectorial African peace movements together as well as with other regional networks from around the globe has grown and is reflected by the collaborative effort that brought about the current event.

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Conference Report: Militarism and Peace in Latin America and the Caribbean

Under this title, a hybrid online/offline conference was recently held at the Gewerkschaftshaus Frankfurt/M. Invitations were extended by Frieden- und Zukunftswerkstatt e.V., the International Peace Bureau (IPB), Netzwerk Cuba, Österreichisch – Kubanische Gesellschaft (ÖKG), Vereinigung Schweiz-Cuba (VSC) as well as other supporters, donors and media partners.

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IPB World Peace Congress: Presentation of the IPB Action Plan 2021-2023

During the last day of the Second IPB World Peace Congress, IPB Co-President, Philip Jennings, presented via Zoom the Action Plan 2021-2023 of the International Peace Bureau. The Action Plan includes a wide range of advocacy activities around several topics such as: Nuclear Weapons, Military expenditure, Common Security and Sustainable Peace.

Download the IPB Action Plan here.

Unite for a Climate of Peace

One set of issues that will not be addressed by governments at COP26 are those connected to militarism, war and prospects for peace. For example, in 2017 the US military alone emitted 59 million tons of greenhouse gasses: equivalent to the emissions of Sweden, Denmark or Portugal. The ‘carbon boot print’ of the world’s military is not up for discussion. We must put it on the agenda.

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Appeal From Barcelona To The World, To all Peace Movements and Shapers of The Future

Barcelona, 17th October 2021

The world stands at a historically unique crossroads – either the abyss of nuclear, ecological, and social disaster or a common, just, demilitarized and environmentally sustainable future.

14,000 nuclear weapons threaten humanities existence and with heightening tensions between big powers, the danger of their actual use is increasing, while $2 trillion in weapons spending kills each day. With their massive daily death toll, small arms are weapons of mass destruction.

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Mediterranean Declaration at the Second World Peace Congress

Barcelona, 17th October 2021

From the International Peace Congress, we feel committed to the rising global wave of civic activism and the powerful new generation of youth activists across the globe facing the global challenges. While here in Barcelona, we would like to take this opportunity to revisit the challenges in this Mediterranean Sea, observe the changes and encourage the action, support it, and call for more cooperation and human solidarity. We need as well to understand the interconnected causes of the conflicts in this area, as we pledge to achieve a peaceful transformation to all conflicts through our joint effort.

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Indigenous Peoples Declaration at the Second World Peace Congress

Barcelona, 17th October 2021

The world stands at a historically unique crossroads – either the abyss of nuclear, ecological, and social disaster or a common, just, demilitarized and environmentally sustainable future.

14,000 nuclear weapons threaten humanities existence and with heightening tensions between big powers, the danger of their actual use is increasing, while $2 trillion in weapons spending kills each day. With their massive daily death toll, small arms are weapons of mass destruction

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