Nuclear weapons are among the greatest existing threats facing our world. Faith and interfaith activists have been working for years to engage leaders around the world and challenge nations to adopt clear, concise, and timely disarmament plans. So, how can the interfaith movement accelerate peace to foster a world free of nuclear weapons?
The Parliament of the World's Religions has been a resolute advocate for nuclear disarmament around the world. In 2018, the Parliament partnered with Jonathan Granoff of the Global Security Institute, with the supportive consultations of our esteemed Parliament presenters former Canadian Prime Minister Right Honorable Kim Campbell, General Romeo Dallaire, Senator Douglas Roche, then Parliament Chair-Elect Audrey Kitagawa, Bishop William Swing, and Kehkashan Basu, to publish the statement Responding to the Unique Challenge of Nuclear Weapons A Passionate Call From The Parliament of the World’s Religions. The statement makes a passionate plea to the leaders of all religions, all people of good will, and all leaders of nations both with and without nuclear weapons to commit to work to eliminate these horrific devices forever. It also support the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the duty explicitly stated in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to obtain a nuclear weapons-free world.
2020 marks the historic occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Leaders of the Charter for Compassion, Religions for Peace, United Religions Initiative, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions together, now feel compelled to speak out, as one, for nuclear abolition.