Mayors For Peace Emergency Campaign To Ban Nuclear Weapons

Mayors For Peace Emergency Campaign To Ban Nuclear Weapons – The Mayors for Peace Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons, led by the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, aims to enroll mayors across the globe to come to the 2005 NPT Review Conference. The Mayors for Peace Campaign has proposed a reasonable timetable for achieving a nuclear weapon free world by 2020, with negotiations to begin in 2005 and to conclude by 2010, with global nuclear disarmament implemented no later than 2020.

Mayors For Peace Emergency Campaign To Ban Nuclear Weapons

Abolition Now! seeks your active participation in enrolling your Mayor and other civic leaders in this unprecedented Campaign. For more information on how to get your Mayor involved in the Campaign to ban nuclear weapons, please refer to the resources listed below.

Using The NWC To Engage The Nuclear Weapon States

Using The NWC To Engage The Nuclear Weapon States – The NWC provides a useful tool to engage the nuclear weapon states (NWS) in ways to overcome their resistance to nuclear disarmament. It re-frames the debate from a context of “Why don’t the nuclear weapon states move towards nuclear disarmament?” to one of “How can nuclear disarmament be achieved?” Rather than calling for disarmament steps and attempting to persuade the NWS to drop their resistance to these, the NWC invites NWS to join in designing and creating the conditions for nuclear disarmament.

Using The NWC To Engage The Nuclear Weapon States

Verification, one of the key elements identified in the Model NWC, for example, has become the subject of increasing dialogue and cooperation between NWS and nuclear disarmament advocates. Recent initiatives include the US Sandia Cooperative Monitoring Center – which assists in the development of verification and monitoring regimes for arms control and disarmament treaties and the Aldermaston Weapons Establishment study on verification of the elimination of nuclear weapons (see references).

NWC And The Step-By-Step Approach To Disarmament

NWC And The Step-By-Step Approach To Disarmament – Some nuclear weapon states have criticised the call for a nuclear weapons convention on the basis that nuclear disarmament requires a step-by-step approach rather than a comprehensive approach. The next steps identified by the NWS include entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, further reductions in nuclear stockpiles and negotiation of a ban on production of fissile material.

However, many other states, including New Zealand and Malaysia have argued that focusing on a NWC is compatible with a step-by-step process and in fact would aid it. Malaysia, which introduces the annual.

NWC And The Step-By-Step Approach To Disarmament

UN resolution, notes “the resolution specifically mentions negotiations “leading to” a nuclear weapons convention and not “on” a nuclear weapons convention, thereby allowing for the kind of steps that the nuclear weapons states themselves are committed to support.

In fact the NWC identifies elements of disarmament which are important in the step-by-step approach. In addition, by combining a step-by-step approach with a comprehensive approach, the NWC could help break the deadlock in international disarmament negotiations. States are often unwilling to adhere to a single disarmament step because their nuclear forces are atypical and a step could put them at a disadvantage. Such States would be more willing to agree to a step which placed them at a temporary disadvantage if they were confident that the process was moving quickly to a non-discriminatory treaty on complete prohibition and elimination. An example of this is India, which supports a NWC and initially proposed a CTBT but refused to support the treaty unless it included a commitment to negotiate for complete nuclear disarmament.

End Game: No More Nuclear Excuses For War


On May 1st people from all over the world will gather in New York City for a massive march and rally to demand total and immediate nuclear disarmament.

The May 1st demonstration will precede a month-long meeting of world governments at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to discuss the fate of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ( ), a treaty in which nuclear weapons states, United States ,United Kingdom , Russia , China , and France agreed to eliminate their nuclear weapons arsenals.

End Game: No More Nuclear Excuses For War

The Bush administration continues to manipulate the treaty by vehemently demanding disarmament from other countries, while expanding US production and development of nuclear weapons. US used nuclear weapons as an excuse for war in Iraq . Will North Korea and Iran be next?

United in our opposition to the growing threat of nuclear war, and the use of nuclear weapons as a pretext for war, we must mobilize now and demand the full and rapid implementation of the promise for nuclear disarmament.

We’ll be joined by a delegation of mayors from around the world, as they deliver the call for nuclear disarmament, on behalf of millions of people, to the United Nations. Mayors will lead marches to the rally site on May 1st . Join a mayor from your region in a march on May 1st .

May 1st rally site will be determined shortly. Permits will be filed for the Great Lawn in Central Park . For more information on May 1st and to join the planning efforts, please sign up for the MayDay2005 listserve, send e-mail to .


The continued possession of thousands of nuclear weapons by the existing nuclear weapons states, together with the US policy of preventive war and its push to modernize its nuclear arsenal, provide arguments for other countries to develop nuclear weapons of their own.


Nuclear weapons remain the most dangerous of all weapons, the only ones that can destroy civilization in a day. We need to redefine security in human and ecological terms, rather than military ones: food, shelter, clean air and water, jobs, healthcare and education. This kind of security is universal.