Australian news, and some related international items

Red Cross and red Crescent want a nuclear free convention – NOW

 By Neena Bhandari  “……. This is where governments should focus their diplomatic efforts. Negotiations need not, and must not, await the entry into force of the CTBT. We need nuclear-free countries to play a leading role, rather than simply waiting for the nuclear-armed countries to act. This is an urgent humanitarian necessity,” Wright told IDN.

Australian Red Cross  in conjunction with Flinders University  and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at University of South Australia  are co-hosting a conference in Adelaide in the first week of November 2012 to advance the debate on the urgent need to develop a legally binding tool to prohibit and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement  have been at the centre of the nuclear weapons debate from the very outset. From 1945 to 2011, the Movement has consistently voiced its deep concerns about these weapons of mass destruction and the need for the prohibition of their use.

In November 2011, the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement had come together to pass a resolution, which appealed to all states to “pursue in good faith and conclude with urgency and determination negotiations to prohibit the use of and completely eliminate nuclear weapons through a legally binding international agreement”. The resolution has since attracted worldwide attention, including garnering support from the Australian parliament.

Today there are at least 20,000 nuclear weapons world-wide, around 3,000 of them on launch-ready alert . The potential power of these would roughly equate to 150,000 Hiroshima bombs.

As ICAN Australia Advisory Board Member, Catriona Standfield  said, “It is the civil society, which first ignited the movement for a nuclear weapons ban, and it has continued to be the most vocal supporter of disarmament and non-proliferation in the face of inaction by nuclear weapon states”.

“Civil society continues to be the primary arena in which young people like me become involved in the push for a nuclear weapons ban. I believe that the rapid changes in communication and technology will see my generation build a truly global coalition of young civil society advocates for a nuclear weapon-free world,” Standfield told IDN.

This augurs well for a complete elimination of nuclear weapons.


October 22, 2012 - Posted by | General News

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