Wellington City confirms support for abolition of nuclear weapons

7 August 2015

To mark the 70th Anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, the Wellington City Council on the morning of 6 August voted unanimously to endorse a statement by global parliamentarians, Mayors, and religious leaders, calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Global coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Alyn Ware, will present the statement to the United Nations on 26 September 2015, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Wellington is one of 30 New Zealand cities that are members of Mayors for Peace.

An executive leader of Mayors for Peace, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the statement seeks a commitment from world leaders to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Wellington was the first capital in the world to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing.

The city is also supporting a children’s art exhibition at the Wellington City Library with the theme of Tūmanako, hope for a peaceful world as part of its commemorations

A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Our Common Good

Statement by parliamentarians, mayors and religious leaders to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the onset of the nuclear age and the foundation of the United Nation.

From the ashes of World War II, and in the wake of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United Nations was established with a common vision to end war and eliminate “all weapons adaptable to mass destruction.”

70 years later, over 16,000 nuclear weapons remain in the world’s arsenals costing $100 billion annually - funds that could instead be used to reverse climate change, eliminate poverty and address other social and economic needs.

As parliamentarians, mayors and religious leaders we join together to highlight the continuing risks of a nuclear catastrophe - whether by accident, miscalculation or intent – and the moral and security imperative to achieve nuclear abolition.

We reaffirm UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s description of the abolition of nuclear weapons as a “common good of the highest order.”

In special ways mayors are responsible for protecting the safety and welfare of their citizens, as well as for preserving and promoting cultural and environmental

values and heritages; parliamentarians for national policies and laws for the benefit of present and future generations; and religious leaders for advancing the shared moral principles and respect for the well-being of all people regardless of ethnicity, nationality or religion.

Together - as mayors, parliamentarians and religious leaders - we support the common good of nuclear abolition. We reject nuclear weapons, which threaten our humanity, contravene our moral principles, violate international law and thwart the safety and well-being of current and future generations.

We commit to principled action to advance shared security and well-being based on deeply held and widely shared moral principles, the rule of law and a profound commitment to non-violent conflict resolution.

We call upon world leaders to commit to nuclear abolition and to replace nuclear deterrence with shared security approaches to conflicts. We further urge states to advance a nuclear weapons convention or framework of agreements that eliminate nuclear weapons.

We pledge to engage our constituencies and to strengthen the cooperation among religious leaders, parliamentarians and mayors to promote this vital mission.

To be adopted in Hiroshima on August 6, 2015, for presentation to the United Nations on September 26, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.