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Humanitarian Impact of Nukes Calls For Concerted Action

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By DAISAKU IKEDA*

TOKYO (IPS | IDN) - As we approach the 70th anniversary next year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there are growing calls to place the humanitarian consequences of their use at the heart of deliberations about nuclear weapons.

The Joint Statement on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons presented to the U.N. General Assembly in October was supported by 155 governments, more than 80 percent of all member states. [P] GERMAN | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PERSIAN | SPANISH | TURKISH

IPS Honours Crusader for Nuclear Abolition

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By ROGER HAMILTON-MARTIN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Jayantha Dhanapala was awarded the IPS International Achievement Award for Nuclear Disarmament on Nov. 17 at the United Nations in New York.

Dhanapala, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs until 2003, has remained committed to the goal of a nuclear weapons-free world since leaving his post, presiding since 2007 over the Nobel Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. GERMAN | JAPANESE | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH

A Nuclear Weapon Free Zone for North-East Asia?

 Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAYANTHA DHANAPALA

KANDY, Sri Lanka (IDN) - In 2015 it will be 70 years since the horrible bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the USA – the only time nuclear weapons were ever used. The urgent need to seek solutions over nuclear weapons in North-east Asia was highlighted in the following paragraphs from the Asia Pacific Leaders Network’s (APLN) Jakarta Declaration of September 2014:

“Acutely conscious that the world’s more than 16,000 remaining nuclear weapons are strongly concentrated in the Asia Pacific region, with the US and Russia having over 90 per cent of the world’s stockpile and major strategic footprints here, China, India, and Pakistan all having significant arsenals, and the breakout state of North Korea continuing to build its capability, [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

2015 a Make-or-Break Year for Nuclear Disarmament

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month singled out what he described as “one of the greatest ironies of modern science”: while humans are searching for life on other planets, the world’s nuclear powers are retaining and modernising their weapons to destroy life on planet earth.

“We must counter the militarism that breeds the pursuit of such weaponry,” he warned. [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE

Waiting For Zero Nuke

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By D RAVI KANTH*

GENEVA (IDN) - The commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on September 26 was a grim reminder of the continued threat from nuclear weapons to people at large. [P] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDFGERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF  | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH | PERSIAN (FARSI) | TURKISH

Zero Nuclear Weapons: A Never-Ending Journey Ahead

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever “international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction? [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

OPINION: Sleepwalking Towards Nuclear War

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By HELGE LURAS*

OSLO (IPS) - New military measures to deter what NATO perceives to be a direct threat from Russia were adopted at the alliance’s Heads of State meeting in Wales (Sep. 4-5). A few days earlier, President Barack Obama made promises in Estonia that the three tiny Baltic NATO member states would “never stand alone”

Since early 2014, Russia has done practically all that Western leaders have warned President Vladimir Putin in advance not to do. Crimea was occupied and annexed. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine were encouraged and given practical support. Later, Russian personnel and equipment came more and more openly into conflict with Ukrainian forces. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Mideast Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone Remains in Limbo

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS  (IPS) - After four long years of protracted negotiations, a proposal for a nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the strife-torn Middle East remains in limbo – and perhaps virtually dead.

But United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a relentless advocate of nuclear disarmament, is determined to resurrect the proposal. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF   SPANISH | TURKISH

UN Report Faults Humanitarian Vigilance in Response To Nuclear Detonations

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAMSHED BARUAH

BERLIN (IDN) - About 22,000 nuclear weapons continue to threaten humankind’s survival nearly 70 years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and more than 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted to date, according to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). But the world is far from prepared to effectively respond to nuclear weapons detonations, “even at basic levels of preparedness, let alone a large-scale nuclear war”. [P]  HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN (FARSI) | SPANISHSWEDISH

Ban on Nuke Tests OK, But Where’s the Ban on Nuke Weapons?

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As the United Nations commemorated the International Day Against Nuclear Tests on Aug. 29, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lamented the fact that in a world threatened by some 17,000 nuclear weapons, not a single one has been destroyed so far. [P]  GERMAN | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

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