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ProposalEndorse the Disarm Now Mobilizing Call of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty Review 2010
PresenterGPUS SC
Floor ManagerFarheen Hakeem
Discussion11/02/2009 - 11/08/2009
Voting11/09/2009 - 11/15/2009
Presens Quorum34 0.6666
Consens Quorum32 A Majority of Yes and No Votes


Just a few days ago, the Nobel Prize Committee stunned the world by
awarding its 2009 Peace Prize to President Obama, in part because of his
rhetorical pledge to lead the way to a world without nuclear weapons.
President Obama must do much more to make good on that pledge in order to
earn his Nobel Peace Prize. And he needs our help.

That's why, as we continue our efforts to end the U.S. wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq, United for Peace and Justice is working with more than thirty
international and U.S. peace organizations to bring pressure to bear on
the U.S. and other nuclear powers to do more than talk about a nuclear
weapons free future, but to create it.

Next May, a critically important Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review
Conference will take place in New York. Groups from around the world are
coming together to demand that President Obama and the leaders of the
other nuclear-armed nations commence negotiations on a treaty to eliminate
nuclear weapons within a timebound framework.

We urge your organization to sign the following Call to Action initiated
by a diverse group of international and national organizations that are
organizing a series of inspiring and powerful activities to impact the NPT
Review Conference. Those activities include: a massive global petition
campaign (sign the U.S. petition here); an international peace conference
(April 30 and May 1); and an International Day of Action for a Nuclear
Free World (May 2).

UFPJ recognizes that nuclear weapons are at the core of U.S. militarism,
and that working for their abolition is fundamental part or our work for
peace and justice. Nuclear disarmament should serve as the leading edge
of a global trend towards demilitarization and redirection of resources to
meet human needs and restore the environment.

Please arrange for your organization to join by signing our call and by
planning to join in our activities


The Green Party of the U.S. hereby endorses the following Call to Action "Disarm Now! Mobilizing Call of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty Review 2010"





Disarm Now! Mobilizing Call of the NPT Review 2010

Today our world is facing crises on an unprecedented scale - global
warming, poverty, war, hunger, and disease. They threaten the very future
of life as we know it, and on a daily basis bring death, sorrow and
suffering to the majority of people on our planet. Yet these problems are
almost entirely the results of human action and they can be equally be
resolved by human action. We have an unprecedented opportunity to create
the political will to manage the riches and natural bounty of our world in
such a way as to meet the needs of all peoples, and to enable us to live
together in peace and justice

Such is the desire of the overwhelming majority of peoples, yet we face a
situation today where global military spending - money for killing - has
now reached a total of $1.46 trillion in 2008. Furthermore, nine countries
maintain arsenals of nuclear weapons - all together, over 23,000 warheads.
These uniquely destructive weapons can not only destroy life on our planet
many times over, but they are also used as political weapons of terror,
reinforcing an unjustifiable global inequality. The eradication of these
weapons will not only end the threat of global annihilation and this
hierarchy of terror, but it will unlock enormous resources to address
climate change and mass poverty, serve as the leading edge of the global
trend towards demilitarisation, and make advances in other areas of human
aspiration possible.

In spite of treaty obligations and international resolutions and rulings
over the decades since the criminal atomic bombings of Japan by the United
States in 1945, the nuclear weapons states have failed to eliminate their
nuclear arms. Their continued possession of these weapons, together with
modernisation of systems and increasingly aggressive nuclear use policies
in recent years, have contributed to an increasing tendency towards their
proliferation - and a greater likelihood of nuclear war.

The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) requires both non-proliferation
and disarmament, and must be supported and strengthened - yet it lacks a
concrete process for achieving these essential goals. Furthermore, there
are grave problems with its Article IV. This guarantees the right to
peaceful nuclear energy but overlooks the inextricable link between
nuclear power and weapons technologies and their health and environmental

The newly-launched International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides
an opportunity to phase out nuclear power, superseding the Article IV
guarantee. This said, the NPT continues to provide the framework for
advancing towards an essential new initiative - a timetable for the
elimination of nuclear weapons so urgently sought by the global majority.

The NPT Review Conference in May 2010 presents a precious opportunity to
take that initiative. It is an opportunity that must on no account be
missed. After the spiralling aggression of the Bush era, the Obama
presidency provides a new context for our campaigning. President Obama's
commitment - alongside that of President Medvedev of Russia - to global
abolition of nuclear weapons is greatly welcomed, and their first steps
towards bilateral reductions and support for treaties restricting nuclear
developments are positive. However, the goal of global abolition cannot be
postponed into the indefinite future, for only a defined, achievable and
timetabled process can halt the proliferation that threatens us all.

To this end, to secure a future for humanity and our planet, to help
create the conditions for a world of peace, justice and genuine human
security, we urge the 2010 NPT Review Conference to make an unambiguous
commitment to begin negotiations on a convention for the time-bound
elimination of all nuclear weapons - a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Such a step will not happen without the active encouragement of civil
society, giving voice to the yearning of the global majority for a world
free from the fear of nuclear annihilation. We urge all those who share
this vision to join us in mobilising for the international peace
conference in New York on May 1st and the International Day of Action for
a Nuclear Free World, in New York and globally, on May 2nd, as well as for
the presentation of petition signatures to the NPT Review Conference.

First Signatories:
International Organizations
Abolition 2000 Global Council
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Europe
International Association of Peace Messenger Cities
International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility
International Peace Bureau
Pax Christi International
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

National Organizations
American Friends Service Committee, USA
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, UK
CODEPINK Women for Peace, USA
Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft - Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen, Germany
Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian and Israeli Studies, Israel
Gensuikyo, Japan
International Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, German Section
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, German Section
Mouvement de la Paix, France
Naturwissenschaftlerinitiative Verantwortung für Frieden und
Zukunftsfähigkeit, Germany
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, USA
Peace Action, USA
Peace Women Partners Asia-Pacific, Philippines
STOP the War Coalition, Philippine Section
Swedish Peace Committee, Sweden
Swedish Peace Council, Sweden
The Coalition for a ME Free of Nuclear Weapons, Israel
United for Peace and Justice, USA
U.S. Peace Council, USA
Vredesactie - Bomspotting, Belgium
Western States Legal Foundation, USA
Cambridge / Berlin, 29th of September 2009


Secretary or other designated SC member will contact UFPJ and let them know we'd like our orgnization added to the list of endorsers.

CONTACT: Farheen Hakeem hijabicycle at gmail dot com



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