- This event has passed.
UN Day for nuclear abolition: What’s happening? What can you do?
September 14, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
An UP Convergence 2020 discussion on Monday September 14 in preparation for the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (UN Nuclear Abolition Day).
The discussion will highlight some of the connections between peace, climate protection, sustainable development, COVID-19 pandemic and nuclear disarmament, as well as discuss some of the actions and events for the UN Day for Nuclear Abolition, which takes place on September 26.
The UN General Assembly established Nuclear Abolition Day in 2013 out of concern by the overwhelming majority of UN member countries at the risk of a nuclear war and the ongoing nuclear arms race. There are over 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world, many of them primed and ready for launch in minutes.
About $100 billion per year is being spent to design, develop and deploy nuclear weapons. This money should instead be spent on climate protection, sustainable development, public health and ‘building back better’ from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The zoom discussion on September 14 will be lead by Vanda Proskova, Vice-Chair of the PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security and Member of the Abolition 2000 Youth Network, and Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and Member of the World Future Council.
The discussion is part of the Peace and Spirituality Convergence Room of UP Convergence 2020, an 8-Day Multi-Zoom Global Online Summit on Peace which started on September 11 and continues until the UN International Day for Peace on September 21.