Today, governments are still investing in the development of nuclear weapons and refuse to sign the nuclear ban treaty. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) analyzed that in January 2018 nine states—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)—possessed approximately 14 465 nuclear weapons. A decrease is observed when compared to 2017 but, still “both Russia and the USA have long-term programs under way to replace and modernize their nuclear warheads, missile and aircraft delivery systems, and nuclear weapon production facilities“ (read more on SIPRI news 2018; the image above is from this SIPRI Tweet).
We strongly recall our commitment and devotion to achieve a world without nuclear weapons and avoid destroying lives and our own planet again. This year 6th and 9th August marked the 73 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bomb attack in 1945. It is indeed important to remember this horrified moment of our shared international heritage: to learn from it and avoid any chance of it happening again.
This month, we would like to share with you the Peace Declaration, delivered at this year’s Peace Memorial Ceremony and send by Matsui Kazumi, Mayor of Hiroshima. In his letter (read it here) he declares: “It is my sincere hope that your city will continue to work with us to achieve our objectives: “Realization of a world without nuclear weapons” and “Realization of safe and resilient cities”, which we believe will lead us to our ultimate goal, that of lasting world peace”.
Help us and to share the declaration to expand international public opinion in your own countries/cities. Furthermore, you can invite your mayors and your sister cities and neighboring cities ones to freely join Majors for Peace. The Mayors for Peace membership stands at 7,632 cities in 163 countries and regions as of August 1 already.
Say No to nuclear weapon, Say Yes to disarmament. The governments are using our tax money to invest in war. Let’s invest in sustainability, education, health, peace and to save our planet from climate change. Only 10% of the military spending can bring incredible and positive change in our lives.