Religious Leaders Call for the Universal Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

8 December 2014, 4:09 AM

Leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance, the United Religions Initiative, Religions for Peace, and the Global Security Institute join the Government of the Philippines to call for a strategy to obtain a nuclear weapon-free world.  

“Nuclear weapons are immoral; we must work together to eliminate them.”

These voices -- speaking from moral, religious, legal and ethical perspectives -- are pleased to join the organizations and states gathered at the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna, Austria, taking place on December 8-9, 2014. This special panel event will be co-chaired by Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute and member of URI Cooperation Circle Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, and attended by URI-UN Representative Monica Willard.

Co-sponsored by the Governments of the Philippines and the Global Security Institute, the World Evangelical Alliance, the United Religions Initiative, and Religions for Peace will hold an extraordinary panel event to help strengthen advocacy for nuclear disarmament through a humanitarian approach.

Ambassador Libran Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations: “Nuclear weapons are at the apex of man’s genius at finding ways to destroy his fellow human being.”

Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute: “Nuclear weapons and their demonstrable capacity to destroy God’s wondrous creation filled with so many kinds of lives, environments, peoples and potential future generations are an affront to His generosity. There are no problems that these devices seek to address as dangerous as the weapons themselves.  Threatening to destroy so much is immoral and must end.”

Citing a critical need for a moral compass, the December 8th event is part of the co-sponsors’ efforts to work together with a common vision, message, and strategy to obtain a nuclear weapon-free world.

For more information, contact Aviva Kushner of the Global Security Instituteakushner@gsinstitute.org; +1 (646) 289-5170

 

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