STATEMENT OF THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION
(NGO) ABOLITION 2000 NETWORK
AT THE NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (NPT)
Proposition One Committee fully endorses the statement of purpose adopted at the first Organizing Caucus of Abolition 2000 during the NPT hearings in New York in April, 1995, and confirmed at the second organizing meeting in The Hague November 4-5, 1995, during the World Court hearings on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons.
NEW YORK, APRIL 25, 1995
We urge you to sign and send in the following statement to become part of this rapidly-growing network of very serious-minded activists:
ABOLITION 2000 STATEMENT
A secure and livable world for our children and
grandchildren and all future generations requires that we achieve
a world free of nuclear weapons and redress the environmental
degradation and human suffering that is the legacy of fifty years
of nuclear weapons testing and production.
Further, the inextricable link between the "peaceful" and
warlike uses of nuclear technologies and the threat to future
generations inherent in creation and use of long-lived
radioactive materials must be recognized. We must move toward
reliance on clean, safe, renewable forms of energy production
that do not provide the materials for weapons of mass destruction
and do not poison the environment for thousands of centuries. The
true "inalienable" right is not to nuclear energy, but to life,
liberty and security of person in a world free of nuclear
We recognize that a nuclear weapons free world must be
achieved carefully and in a step by step manner. We are convinced
of its technological feasibility. Lack of political will,
especially on the part of the nuclear weapons states, is the only
true barrier. As chemical and biological weapons are prohibited,
so must nuclear weapons be prohibited.
We call upon all states -- particularly the nuclear weapons
states, declared and de facto -- to take the following steps to
achieve nuclear weapons abolition. We further urge the states
parties to the NPT to demand binding commitments by the declared
nuclear weapons states to implement these measures:
A world free of nuclear weapons is a shared aspiration of
humanity. This goal cannot be achieved in a non-proliferation
regime that authorizes the possession of nuclear weapons by a
small group of states. Our common security requires the complete
elimination of nuclear weapons. Our objective is definite and
unconditional abolition of nuclear weapons.
1) Initiate in 1995 and conclude by the year 2000
negotiations on a nuclear weapons abolition convention* that
requires the phased elimination of all nuclear weapons within a
timebound framework, with provisions for effective verification
* (The convention should mandate irreversible disarmament
measures, including but not limited to to the following: withdraw
and disable all deployed nuclear weapons systems; disable and
dismantle warheads; place warheads and weapons-usable radioactive
materials under international, safeguards; destroy ballistic
missiles and other delivery systems. The convention could also
incorporate the measures listed above which should be implemented
independently without delay. When fully implemented, the
convention would replace the NPT.)
2) Immediately make an unconditional pledge not to use or
threaten to use nuclear weapons.
3) Rapidly complete a truly comprehensive test ban treaty
with a zero threshold and with the stated purpose of precluding
nuclear weapons development by all states.
4) Cease to produce and deploy new and additional nuclear
weapons systems and commence to withdraw and disable deployed
nuclear weapons systems.
5) Prohibit the military and commercial production and
reprocessing of all weapons-usable radioactive materials.
6) Subject all weapons-usable radioactive materials and
nuclear facilities in all states to international accounting,
monitoring, and safeguards, and establish a public international
registry of all weapons-usable radioactive materials.
7) Prohibit nuclear weapons research, design, development,
and testing through laboratory experiments, including but not
limited to non-nuclear hydrodynamic explosions and computer
simulations; subject all nuclear weapons laboratories to
international monitoring, and close all nuclear test sites.
8) Create additional nuclear weapons free zones such as
those established by the treaties of Tlatelolco and Rarotonga.
9) Recognize and declare the illegality of threat or use of
nuclear weapons, publicly and before the World Court.
10) Establish an international energy agency to promote and
support the development of sustainable and environmentally safe
11) Create mechanisms to ensure the participation of
citizens and NGOs in planning and monitoring the process of
nuclear weapons abolition.
Drafted in New York, April 1995
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ABOLITION 2000: A Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, c/o Waging Peace
c/o Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
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Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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