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September 26

September 26, 2021, will be the eighth International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Join people around the world in celebrating the vision of a nuclear weapons free world, raising awareness and calling on their leaders to advance nuclear disarmament.

The day is part of the UN High Level period running from   September 21 (UN Day for Peace) until October 2 (UN Day for Non-violence).

We encourage you to endorse Protect People and the Planet: Appeal for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World, join the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money social media action, and call on your government to promote nuclear disarmament at the UN High Level Meeting on the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons September 28, 2021. Details below.

ACTION 1

Call on your government to speak at the UN General Debate and/or the 2021 UN High Level Meeting on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and:

a) affirm that a nuclear war should never be fought,
b) call for the total elimination of nuclear weapons no later than 2045, and
c) support the end of investments in the nuclear weapons industry.

Send a letter or email or tweet to your President/Prime Minister/Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United Nations, calling on them to promote nuclear abolition at the UN General Debate and/or the UN High Level Meeting  on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons whicn will take place on September 28, 2021

Sample letter

Sample letter to your government urging them to promote nuclear abolition effectively in UN General Assembly and the UN High-Level Meeting on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (September 28, 2021).

Dear …

The 2021 UN General  Assembly Opening Session runs from September 21 – 28, culminating in a High Level Meeting on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on September 28.

I/we urge you to speak at these meetings on the importance to: a) prevent any use of nuclear of nuclear weapons; b) achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world, and c) cut nuclear weapons budgets and investments.

Any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic human, economic and environmental consequences. The use of just a small fraction of the 13,000 nuclear weapons in the world’s stockpiles could end civilization as we know it. In addition, the $100 billion spent annually on nuclear weapons is sorely needed for environmental, economic and human needs, including addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

I/we encourage you in particular to:

  1.  Call on all States to affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, and therefore the nuclear armed States should affirm policies never to initiate a nuclear war (no-first-use policies);
  2. Call on nuclear armed and allied States to commit to the elimination of nuclear weapons no later than 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations;
  3. Call on the nuclear armed States to cut their nuclear weapons budgets, and on all States to end investments in the nuclear weapons industry, and redirect these investments and budgets to supporting COVID-19 management and recovery, supporting the United Nations and financing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thank you
[your name]

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ACTION 2

Join a social media action:
Move the Nuclear Weapons Money

Take back the power (and money) from the nuclear weapons industry.

The nuclear arms industry is one of the most powerful drivers for the nuclear arms race. A handful of companies are making billions of dollars by manufacturing nuclear weapons and their dedicated delivery systems. They lobby for increased nuclear weapons budgets. And they stimulate tensions between the nuclear amrs powers to justify these massive budgets.

Help take back the power (and money) from the nuclear weapons industry by joining the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign.

Send a quote in support plus a photo of yourself to Move the Nuclear Weapons Money and they will turn it into a social media meme for posting on facebook, twitter, instagram etc…

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ACTION 3

Endorse Protect People and the Planet: Appeal for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

A Global Appeal to end the nuclear threat, abolish nuclear weapons and shift the weapons budgets and investments to support public health, COVID-19 recovery, the climate and sustainable development.

The appeal was launched on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 20, 2020, and will be presented to the UN General Assembly during Disarmament Week, Oct 24-30, 2021.

The Appeal

The nuclear weapons possessed by nine countries threaten us all. Any use of these weapons by accident, miscalculation or malicious intent, would have catastrophic human, economic and environmental consequences. The use of just a small fraction of the 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world’s stockpiles could end civilization as we know it.

In addition, the $100 billion spent annually on nuclear weapons is sorely needed for environmental, economic and human needs, including addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the climate and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

We, the undersigned, call on our cities, parliaments and governments to:

  1. Affirm that nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, and therefore the nuclear armed States should stand down their nuclear forces and affirm policies never to initiate a nuclear war (no-first-use policies);
     
  2. Commit to the elimination of nuclear weapons by 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations;
     
  3. Cut nuclear weapons budgets (if they are a nuclear-weapon State), end investments in the nuclear weapons industry (all governments), and redirect these investments and budgets to support the United Nations, COVID-19 management and recovery, drastic reductions in carbon emissions to protect the climate, and financing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We invite you to endorse the appeal and provide a quote for social media promotion.

See the list of current endorsers plus quotes from some of the endorsers.

 

About the Day

Established by the United Nations General Assembly, the aim of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons is to enhance ‘public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination, in order to mobilize international efforts towards achieving the common goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.’ The resolution establishing the day also calls for the immediate start of multilateral negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention – a global treaty to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons – and decides to hold a high level United Nations conference no later than 2018 to review and enhance progress.

The day is supported by UNFOLD ZERO and the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs. UNFOLD ZERO provides a platform for governments, parliaments and civil society to post announcements, photos and reports of actions and events to commemorate this day.

The Inter Parliamentary Union (164 member parliaments) has called on all parliamentarians to promote and commemorate the day.

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