United Nations General Assembly’s Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
The following minute was approved in April 2018
We, Quakers of Raleigh Friends Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, support the new United Nations General Assembly’s Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. (A copy of that treaty is available at: http://undocs.org/A/CONF.229/2017/8)
In accordance with the Quaker Peace Testimony, Quakers have worked tirelessly for abolition of nuclear weapons ever since United States airplanes dropped two of these secretly produced bombs on August 6 and 9, 1945. The bombs destroyed both Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, and the world has not yet recovered from all that those two bombs destroyed.
There is much work yet to do if we are to achieve actual abolition, to which our own government is adamantly opposed. The United States Congress has allocated a trillion dollars, already being used, to modernize our own nuclear arsenal over the next thirty years. Very few of our citizens are even aware of this new United Nations treaty since the major media have not reported on its development or discussed publicly its impact.
Let us share with our fellow citizens that the door to abolition of nuclear weapons is open. We commit to make the United Nations peace efforts better known. The UN has long been a leader in supporting and promoting global peace as evidenced by the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the Chemical Weapons Ban and the Ban on Torture. As responsible citizens of the world, we Americans need to accept the challenge of the UN General Assembly by supporting and adopting this treaty.