We Join the Global Movement to Ban Nuclear Weapons
2 March 2017
Today the Institute has joined a growing number of faith based groups in Australia, urging the Australian Government to participate and support the UN negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The Australian Interfaith Appeal falls under the broader movement lead by ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).
Nine countries currently posses a total of 15,000 nuclear weapons, with the United States and Russia maintaining roughly 1,800 of their nuclear weapons on high-alert status – ready to be launched within minutes of a warning. Most are many times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. A single nuclear warhead, if detonated on a large city, could kill millions of people, with the effects persisting for decades.
A global ban on nuclear weapons is achievable with enough public pressure and political leadership. A ban would make it both illegal to possess and use nuclear weapons and work strongly toward their complete and total elimination on a global scale.
On 14th December, 2014, Pop Francis spoke against nuclear weapons at an international gathering on nuclear weapons:
“Nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutually assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence among peoples and states,” he said.
“A global ethic is needed if we are to reduce the nuclear threat and work toward nuclear disarmament,” the Pope explained, adding that the many victims of nuclear arms are a warning “not to commit the same irreparable mistakes which have devastated populations and creation.”
The success of the UN’s negotiations later this year will hinge on the support of organisations and individuals globally. The Institute is proud to the part of ICAN’s initiative and we encourage involvement down to the individual level.