“Fremantle Declaration” launched on the UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Today (26 September) is the UN’s International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Mayors for Peace in WA is commemorating this day by sending out the “Fremantle Declaration”, a document agreed to by those mayors and local councillors attending Monday’s first ever WA Mayors for Peace conference, which was held in Fremantle earlier this week.

The conference was very interesting and including a moving talk to several hundred people including school students by   Junko Morimoto of her firsthand account of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

There are currently nine countries with nuclear weapons (US, China, Russia, UK, France, Israel, North Korea, India and Pakistan) who have over 16,000 nuclear weapons between them. The power each of these bombs is on 20 to 1000 times the power of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

The Mayors for Peace organization was born out of Hiroshima and is now actively campaigning for the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020, under the campaign motto “Cities are not Targets”.

This supports similar calls from the International Red Cross, and other humanitarian agencies, which have noted that neither civil emergency or NGO agencies are equipped to deal with the catastrophic impacts of nuclear war on humanity and the environment.

The evidence is that even a limited nuclear war in our region would have the effect of killing tens of millions initially, and then hundreds of millions globally, because burning cities would quickly create a veil of debris in the upper atmosphere that would last for decades. Scientific research backs up the notion that we would have summer frosts in the wheat belt. There is no local nuclear war – even a limited one – without it having global effects.

Mayors for Peace is a worldwide movement of over 150 countries to ban nuclear weapons, as well as establish cultures of peace in every government.  Comprising more than 6,200 cities.

The Freo Council will continue to take a lead role on this.

Fremantle Declaration for a Ban on Nuclear Weapons

22 September 2014 (The “Fremantle Declaration”)

  • Acknowledge the catastrophic humanitarian impacts caused by the use of nuclear weapons, as experienced by the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945;
  • Acknowledge the devastating impacts of nuclear testing in Australia in the 1950s and ’60s on Aboriginal people, servicemen and servicewomen, and on the environment; (1)
  • Recognise the impossibility of emergency services, relief, public health, humanitarian and infrastructure agencies to respond adequately in the aftermath of a nuclear weapon detonation;(2)
  • Note with concern scientific research) about a limited nuclear exchange leading to profound global environmental, food security and other humanitarian consequences; (3)
  • Recognise that the 16,000 nuclear weapons still in existence daily threaten humanity with the risk of their use either by accident, design or miscalculation; (4)
  • Affirm our commitment to supporting and developing dynamic cultures of peace within our cities, towns and regions;
  • Affirm our commitment to ensuring that the cities, towns and regions we represent never become nuclear targets;
  • Recognise that an international treaty banning nuclear weapons is an urgent and necessary step towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons;
  • Call on the Australian Government to actively support international negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons once and for all.

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