One of my students when asked about her weekend said that she had spent her time in Suginami Ku talking with friends and acquaintances about the need to have a worldwide ban of nuclear weapons.
In August 2006 a proposal was presented to the United Nations by Daisuku Ikeda in which he spoke of “people power” and he asked that the UN declare a “People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition”
Way back in 1961 when it was discovered that Cuba had many nuclear missiles President John F. Kennedy took action to ensure that they were dismantled and soon after a “Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty” was signed by Russia, Great Britain and the United States. Yet still after almost 50 years later it is believed that as well as the aforementioned countries France, Pakistan, India, China, Israel, Iran and North Korea have in their possession some form of nuclear weapons.
Japan being the only country to have experienced the wrath of nuclear bombs, in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, naturally wants to see the total ban of nuclear weapons.
Although the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Agreement has helped curb the growth of nuclear weapons, isn’t it about time that positive steps are taken to see the abolition of nuclear weapons become a reality.
It is within the Power of the People’s of the Earth to see that appropriate action is taken now, you can help by organising peaceful demonstrations against nuclear weapons and push your governments (local and federal) to take action in the United Nations and through other groups such as ASEAN APEC , the EU and the British Commonwealth of Nations.
I am aware that Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, have recently discussed this issue and are working together to ensure that progress is made towards the eventual abolition of nuclear weapons. No doubt when President Obama visits Australia and Indonesia at the end of this month this item will be one that they will discuss with him.
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