following statement was released by mayors and members of
parliaments and congresses, meeting in conjunction with the
7th Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation
of Nuclear Weapons, and has been endorsed by the mayors and
national legislators listed below:
mayors and legislators we have a role to protect the security
of citizens living within our jurisdictions and to protect
our localities for future generations.
security is not advanced when there remain 30,000 nuclear
weapons, many of which are deployed and ready for use at short
notice. The risk of nuclear weapons use - by accident,
design or miscalculation – is increasing due to the
proliferation of nuclear weapons to new States, the possibility
of non-State access to nuclear weapons and bomb-building materials,
and the expanded nuclear weapons use doctrines of the nuclear
of where nuclear weapons are targeted or detonated, or whether
they are used by terrorist organisations or State militaries,
no-one would escape the calamitous consequences of a nuclear
attack. Even cities that are not the direct brunt of an attack
would feel the global economic, social and medical repercussions,
which would dwarf those of 9/11. Any nuclear weapons use would
cause unimaginable devastation requiring massive aid, global
effects from nuclear fall-out and a rise in refugees seeking
to escape the most contaminated regions.
only way to prevent nuclear weapons use is to eliminate all
nuclear weapons as mandated by Article VI of the Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT) and the 1996 International Court of Justice Advisory
Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons.
Mayors for Peace have provided a vision for the achievement
of a nuclear weapons free world by 2020.
we the undersigned mayors and parliamentarians, call for the
commencement of negotiations which would culminate in the
comprehensive abolition and elimination of nuclear weapons
and the international control of nuclear materials to prevent
a small number of States continue to prevent such negotiations
being initiated at the Conference on Disarmament and also
at the NPT Review Conferences, then governments should be
encouraged to find an alternative track to nuclear disarmament
as was done with the Landmines Convention.
overwhelming majority of citizens in our cities, countries
and around the world support the abolition of these ultimate
weapons of mass destruction, and we mayors and legislators
have a responsibility to use our authority to ensure the implementation
of this imperative.