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UN leader tells conference: Nuclear disarmament is my top priority

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the nearly 1,000 participants of the International Peace Movement Conference to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The Secretary said that "Our shared vision is within reach...a nuclear-free world." And that "nuclear disarmament is my top priority."

Nuclear Abolition Conference Draws Thousands

Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations General Secretary.

Thousands are expected to gather at Riverside Church in New York City for a historic conference on nuclear weapons abolition. They will hear an address on Saturday by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General.

Cost of nuclear weapons

A handout with facts and figures about the status of nuclear weapons around the world.

Videos in Opposition to Nuclear Arms

Since August of 1945 AFSC has had a consistant stance against the use of nuclear weapons. Starting in the 1950s, AFSC created a series of films about militarism, nuclear weapons, and war. 

1994 Nuclear weapons conference

In 1994 AFSC's New England Region sponsored a conference to discuss nuclear weapons in the post-Cold War era, and published a 44 page pamphlet reflecting on the 50 year history of nuclear weapons.

Letter to the President about nuclear weapons - 1961

In 1961 the Soviet government announced plans to resume testing nuclear weapons, and the U.S. government followed suite.  On September 15 AFSC published an open letter to the President Kennedy, calling the resumption in the arms race: "utterly traggic".

1945 Plans for the Atomic Peace

In October of 1945, AFSC sponsored one of the first conferences on the danagers of "atomic weapons". 

1945 Nuclear weapons statement

Just weeks after the nuclear attacks on Japan, AFSC's Executive Secretary Clarence Pickett, joined more than 30 other religious and educational leaders to condemn atomic bombs.  This copy of that statement was pulled from AFSC's archives.

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