TIME FOR A BAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

TIME FOR A BAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

Postby Oscar » Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:17 am

ACTION ALERT!! Let your UN Ambassador know you want a ban on nuclear weapons !!

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TIME FOR A BAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

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There are 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world. A single one could create a humanitarian catastrophe. For the first time in history we can do something about it!

Why nuclear weapons? Who has nuclear weapons? Could they ever be used? How would a ban work?

Nuclear weapons are the only weapon of mass destruction not illegal. It’s time to make things right and ban nuclear weapons for good.

Write to your U.N. Ambassador today! (See Info on M. Blanchard below . . . .)

Letter: Ask that Canada work towards the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. (See sample below . . . )

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Letter as follows:

Dear Ambassador Blanchard,

I write to you because I am deeply concerned about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that nuclear weapons pose.

Nuclear weapons are indiscriminate, inhumane and unacceptable weapons. They need to be prohibited by an international treaty.

On Monday 22 February, all governments have the possibility to participate in the Open-Ended Working Group on “taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations” in Geneva, Switzerland.

This working group is an excellent place for all governments to start discussing the legal measures needed to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.

I urge you to participate fully in the working group and engage in discussions to negotiate a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.

Yours sincerely,

(Your name)

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Marc-André Blanchard - 24th Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations - Assumed office January 2016

[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc-Andr%C3%A9_Blanchard ]

Marc-André Blanchard is a Canadian lawyer and diplomat, who was named as the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in January 2016.[1]
Prior to his appointment, Blanchard was chairman and CEO of McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada's largest and most prominent law firms,[2] and a former president of the Quebec Liberal Party.[3] He served on Justin Trudeau's transition team following the 2015 election.[1]
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Re: TIME FOR A BAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

Postby Oscar » Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:48 pm

Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Submission to the 2016 Defence Policy Review

July 22, 2016

The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons believes deeply that the continued possession of nuclear weapons constitute a clear and present threat to global security. The high risk facing Canadians, and indeed all global citizens, demands an urgent coordinated work toward complete nuclear disarmament. In our view, it is in the best interest of every nation to move decisively toward the shared goal of abolition, and we are convinced that Canada can and should play a leading role in this regard.

The primary rationale for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons rests in the possibility that a catastrophe could occur, by accident or design, and would likely involve greater numbers of vastly more powerful bombs than those used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Until all nuclear weapons are eliminated, an imminent and unacceptable risk threatens all of us.

More than 15,000 nuclear weapons still exist, and they continue to be framed as the supreme security guarantee for the majority of the world’s population—either through direct possession or by virtue of collective security arrangements. Within NATO, which has an overt policy of nuclear deterrence, a nuclear weapon state can make its weapons available to the multilateral alliance and place weapons on the territory of non-nuclear-weapon states contravening the spirit and specific provisions of the NPT.

In recent years, renewed attention to the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons has served as both catalyst and rallying point for a growing number of states and international civil society organizations. There is also growing awareness that the existential risk posed by nuclear weapons is exacerbated by deteriorating relations between the world’s top nuclear powers―the United States and Russia―which together account for roughly 95% of existing nuclear weapons.

Almost every state that possesses nuclear weapons is currently spending huge amounts of money to modernize their nuclear arsenals. As well, missile defense systems, whose efficacy is routinely challenged on scientific grounds, are seen by some as provocative, not defensive measures, and continue to expand. Such actions not only work to ensure that the ultimate threat persists for decades to come, but discourage both nuclear- and non-nuclear-weapons states from adhering to their nonproliferation obligations.

Complete nuclear disarmament is widely seen as the only certain way to avoid such a nuclear catastrophe, yet no credible multilateral undertaking now exists that will lead to nuclear abolition in the foreseeable future. In this context, we believe it is imperative to start a comprehensive process leading to the enactment of a legal framework for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. It is our view that the humanitarian imperative for nuclear disarmament should be the catalyst to launch such a process.

In the context of multilateral efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons, defuse international tensions and foster common security arrangements, the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons strongly urges Canada’s Department of National Defence to:

1. Collaborate with other government agencies and departments, including Global Affairs Canada, to position Canada as a recognized and credible international leader on nuclear disarmament. Canada should press for an urgent start to negotiations on the elimination of nuclear weapons.

2. Advocate within NATO for alternative security arrangements that do not rely on the possession of nuclear weapons and the overt Alliance doctrine of nuclear deterrence.

3. Advocate within NATO for the removal of US tactical nuclear weapons from European soil.

4. Urge the United States to halt and reverse the steady expansion of its Ballistic Missile Defense system.

5. Seek agreement on mandatory de-alerting measures, and an end to launch-on-warning policies, in order that the immediate threat of nuclear forces on high-alert status is removed.

6. Affirm, whenever appropriate, the catastrophic consequences of any nuclear weapons use, and the humanitarian imperative to move promptly toward abolition.

7. Affirm, whenever appropriate, the need for a universal, non-discriminatory process, with provisions for the irreversible elimination of existing nuclear arsenals and a timeline for verified implementation.

8. Shift spending and resources towards cooperative defences, and sustainable common security, emphasizing top priority UN requirements and enhancements. Step away from systems and perspectives that perpetuate the idea of weapons of mass destruction being useful and permanent.

9. Oppose the modernization of nuclear arsenals by nuclear-weapons states as inconsistent with their legal obligation to disarm.

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