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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Working to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons - One UU's Experience

    The very first resolution passed by the United Nations, in January 1946, called for the elimination of atomic weapons.  The bedrock treaty for the control and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) entered into force in 1970 and...
    By Jerald Ross | 6/6/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Nuclear Weapons: Averting a global catastrophe

    This week's post in Disarming Our Planet is a statement by Mr Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, reposted here from the ICRC's website as an appeal to States, global leaders, and citizens. The International Committee...
    By International Committee of the Red Cross | 5/23/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Rev. Homer Alexander Jack: A Model for Unitarian Universalist Disarmament Action

    How do you ever get the membership of the United Nations to sit down and talk about disarmament and even set off a large enough public response to have a significant downsizing of nuclear arsenals as a result? All we need is another Homer Jack. “And who is he?” you ask....
    By Joanne Dufour | 5/9/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • New Technology and Nuclear Weapon Risks

    The following is a summary of a paper delivered by a UN staff member to a meeting of Non-Governmental Organizations at the United Nations. The portions in italics were added by this blogger. One of the most important norms related to international peace and security created...
    By Joanne Dufour | 4/11/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • I Join with the Youth to Appeal for Abolition

    Content warning: this post includes graphic descriptions of the effects of the nuclear bomb dropped in Hiroshima that may be traumatic for some readers. We feel it is important to read these stories in order to capture the real human impact of nuclear weapons. ...
    By Joanne Dufour | 3/28/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Amazing Grace: The Role of the Holy See in the Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

    On July 7, 2017 a United Nations Conference approved a new treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Adopted by a vote of 122 for, 1 against, 1 abstention, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons requires that parties to the treaty “undertake never under any circumstances to...
    By Joanne Dufour | 3/14/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • How the "Impossible" Became Possible

    Recent reports about the use of chemical weapons in Syria in 2017 and the international responses help demonstrate the way that international law works. A treaty to ban the use of chemical weapons officially became international law in 1997 when the minimum number of countries (...
    By Joanne Dufour | 2/28/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Listening to Our Neighbors

    Despite the commendable efforts by activists in past years to disarm our world, why then do we live in an armed world which could be utterly destroyed with the pressing of a few buttons? Perhaps the fear of nuclear war we are now experiencing will prompt a return to the sanity...
    By Joanne Dufour | 2/14/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Disarming Our Planet - An Introduction to Global Disarmament

    Welcome to Disarming Our Planet. This new addition to the UUA International Blog is devoted to building our knowledge of disarmament efforts then and now, with the goal of helping to create a more peaceful world with much fewer weapons. As the UN Charter indicates, there is...
    By Joanne Dufour | 1/30/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: Answering Common Questions and Concerns

    In October 2016, the United Nations General Assembly voted to begin negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This critically important treaty calls for a complete ban of the use, production, possession, testing, and transfer of nuclear weapons. The...
    By Samantha Hussey | 9/12/2017
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Inclusivity in United Nations Nuclear Weapons Treaty: Diversity & Disarmament

    On Friday, July 7th, 2017, 122 countries approved a new treaty to ban the use, testing, production, and possession of nuclear weapons. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a legally-binding and long overdue treaty to promote nuclear disarmament around the world....
    By Katia Altern | 7/19/2017
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Why the 2017 Nuclear Ban Treaty Matters to Unitarian Universalists

    Negotiations are underway at the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons.  That is a remarkable statement. Last October, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to begin negotiations in 2017 on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons,...
    By Jerald Ross | 6/30/2017
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Intergenerational Seminar 2017: Interfaith Action to Disarm Our Planet

    Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith gathered in April 2017 for a whirlwind 3-day conference in New York City. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office’s annual Intergenerational Spring Seminar this year was centered on the theme “Arm in Arm: Interfaith...
    4/14/2017
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • What Americans Owe the Hibakusha

    On the morning of August 6, seventy years after the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb, I was in Hiroshima. I entered sacred time and space in a ceremonial ritual at a place called “The Mound”—said to contain remains of the 70,000 people incinerated in the blast.  A Buddhist monk...
    By Chris Antal | 8/5/2016
    Filed in: Disarmament

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