Peace and Disarmament
SGI-Italy's Antinuclear Campaign "Senzatomica" Hosts Nuclear Abolition Day Roundtable
SGI-Italy's antinuclear campaign "Senzatomica" joined the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in promoting Nuclear Abolition Day at a roundtable on June 23, and became a signatory to the "Rome Declaration" signed by participating organizations.
Nuclear Abolition Day, commemorated on June 25, is an annual global day of action for a treaty to outlaw and eliminate all nuclear weapons coordinated by ICAN.
The roundtable meeting for NGOs was held at the SGI-Italy Rome Culture Center. It was attended by Italian representatives of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND); Rete Italiana per il Disarmo (the Italian Network for Disarmament); Scientists for Disarmament Union (USPID); Archivio Disarmo (a research institute that studies the problems of arms control, peace and international security); SGI-Italy; the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA ); PeaceLink; the World Summit of Nobel Peace laureates; International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the Pugwash Conferences.
The meeting concluded with the formulation of a 10-point appeal by those present, entitled "The Rome Declaration," to be sent to Italy's Head of State, Parliament and government. This was signed by 11 organizations, representing the unified voice of many who have long been working toward the goal of abolishing nuclear weapons.
The Declaration states, "We believe the zero option is the only possibility. As long as nuclear weapons exist there is always the risk that, sooner or later, they will be used: for political reasons, for terrorism or by mistake."
It states that the greatest danger for humanity lies in the underestimation of the real and actual power of nuclear weapons to put a definitive end to the human species, stressing that more than 20,000 warheads still exist today in the world, and among these, approximately 2,000 are ready for an immediate and irreversible launch.
In particular, the declaration calls upon Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Ministry of Defense to take the lead, both on the international and local levels, in beginning negotiations toward the adoption of a Nuclear Weapons Convention, by promoting dialogue among nations based on mutual trust, cooperation and multilateralism.
Signatories also committed themselves to making more information available to the public and to creating awareness campaigns among civil society and local authorities in order to spread a new wave of awareness about the threat of nuclear weapons.
Creating this awareness is the fundamental target of SGI-Italy's "Senzatomica" campaign. It is estimated that within the next few months several thousand people in each province in Italy will know about the campaign.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Italy]