Nuclear Disarmament

Nuclear famine: Two billion people at risk?

A new study from the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War shows that a limited nuclear war would not only directly kill millions of people, but would also cause a deadly famine, killing two billion people across the globe.

At UN, Joseph Gerson speaks for NGOs on nuclear disarmament

Joseph Gerson

Joseph Gerson

Joseph Gerson, Director of AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program.

Civil society statement to the UN high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament

Delivered by AFSC's Joseph Gerson

I want to begin by invoking the words of Yamaguchi Senji, one of the most seared and courageous Nagasaki A-bomb survivors, who passed away this summer. Speaking to the Second Special Session on Disarmament 31 years ago, he said:

Look at my face and hands. We should never allow people in the world or succeeding generations to suffer deaths and agonies from nuclear war as we, the Hibakusha, have done.

Eliminate nuclear weapons

There’s movement to negotiate the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide, but time and time again the U.S. has refused to take part in meetings with other leaders.

Speech: In the Footsteps of Yamaguchi Senji: Achieving a Nuclear Free World

Dr. Joseph Gerson*
International Meeting, World Conference Against A- & H- Bombs
Hiroshima, August 4, 2013

Speech - In the Footsteps of Yamaguchi Senji: Achieving a Nuclear Free World - Dr. Joseph Gerson

We have Yamaguchi-sensei, other courageous Hibakusha and Japanese activists to thank for much of the inspiration that in March brought representatives of 127 governments together in Oslo to confront – again – the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. Yamaguchi-sensei and other Hibakusha played the central role of placing the possibility of a nuclear free world on the world’s agenda. I want to dedicate my talk today to his memory. 

In the Footsteps of Yamaguchi Senji: Achieving a Nuclear Free World - Dr. Joseph Gerson's Speech for the World Conference Against A- and H-Bombs

We have Yamaguchi-sensei, other courageous Hibakusha and Japanese activists to thank for much of the inspiration that in March brought representatives of 127 governments together in Oslo to confront – again – the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. Yamaguchi-sensei and other Hibakusha played the central role of placing the possibility of a nuclear free world on the world’s agenda. I want to dedicate my talk today to his memory. 

In the Footsteps of Yamaguchi Senji: Achieving a Nuclear Free World - Dr. Joseph Gerson's Speech for the World Conference Against A- and H-Bombs

We have Yamaguchi-sensei, other courageous Hibakusha and Japanese activists to thank for much of the inspiration that in March brought representatives of 127 governments together in Oslo to confront – again – the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. Yamaguchi-sensei and other Hibakusha played the central role of placing the possibility of a nuclear free world on the world’s agenda. I want to dedicate my talk today to his memory. 

Tell President Obama: Negotiate the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: The Time Is Right and the World Is Ready

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Nuclear disarmament must be multilateral

Multilateral diplomacy is the only way to achieve further significant reductions in the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals.

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