Grußadressen zum Hiroshima-Tag

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Statement of Support to the Vienna Peace Movement on Hiroshima Day

 Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the UK sends greetings and solidarity to those who are gathered in Vienna to remember the thousands of victims of the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. CND is proud to be a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and a partner of ICAN UK. The growing success of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), fought for and won by the endeavours of states and civil society across the globe, is a testament to how commitment, passion and excellent organisation can bring significant results. It is also a reminder that the overwhelming majority of the world understands the devastating humanitarian consequences of the use of these shameful weapons and that there is an urgent need to rid the world of them as soon as possible.

The important role of the Austrian people in bringing about the TPNW is widely recognised. The third conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons held in Vienna in 2014 concluded with the launch of the Humanitarian Pledge, which was later signed by 127 nations. The Pledge led to the eventual launch of the Treaty in the United Nations in 2017 with the continued support of the Austrian Government. We also congratulate them on being one of the first nations to sign the treaty last September and then to ratify it just a few months later in May 2018. This is an excellent example to other European states in particular.

There will be many other ceremonies of remembrance taking place today around the world. Communities and groups, large and small, will be gathering together to remember the pain and suffering of those who were directly affected by the bombings. We will also be remembering the struggle for nuclear disarmament and peace waged by the hibakusha. Although their numbers are dwindling, and they continue to suffer from health problems, their courage, the persistence of their struggle and the power of their stories and of their message has resonated around the world for over 70 years.

This is CND´s sixtieth anniversary year, and we have collectively recommitted to our goal of a nuclear weapons-free world. We stand at a turning point in world affairs: in one direction lies an ever-increasing certainty of nuclear annihilation and in the other lies the possibility of global nuclear abolition. In one direction is the nuclear modernisation and ´usable nukes´ agenda of the Trump administration and the nuclear weapons states; in the other the TPNW and a nuclear free world. This divergence has rarely been so stark or so dangerous, and all our energies, our shared wisdom and experience, must now be deployed into ensuring our survival. To shape a world without nuclear weapons and war, based on legality and morality; to make our governments responsive and accountable over our right to stay alive, our right to breathe air free of radioactive pollution, our right to say no to the threat of indiscriminate mass murder.

In the UK we prioritise working together with other organisations, building alliances across civil society to oppose the UK nuclear weapons system but we also recognise the need to fight internationally, working together in solidarity with others to finally achieve a legally binding global ban on nuclear weapons. This goal has never been more important than it is now - the real threats to our survival posed by rampant militarism, nuclear annihilation and climate change can only be solved through international understanding and cooperation and we must stand united to meet these challenges.

Today we recommit to that international cooperation and solidarity, to ensure that no one will ever again experience the catastrophe and the tragedy faced by the peoples of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We stand with you today and always for a peaceful and nuclear free world.

Dave Webb and Kate Hudson, CND Chair and General Secretary.

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