Pax Christi International signs onto public statement on disarmament to the 2018 UN General Assembly First Committee
19/10/18 - Pax Christi International has signed onto the "Public Statement Submitted to the 2018 UN General Assembly First Committee" by Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons. The statement begins below with a link at the end to the entire document.
As people of faith, we advocate for the right of all people to live in security and dignity; we seek to heed the commands of conscience and the call to justice; we are united in our determination to protect the vulnerable and to exercise the stewardship that will safeguard Earth for present and future generations.
Article 26 of the United Nations Charter envisages the “establishment and maintenance of international peace and security with the least diversion for armaments of the world’s human and economic resources.” However, in the decades since the adoption of the Charter, the world has committed immense stores of material, economic, technical and intellectual resources to the production and maintenance of a vast and growing array of armaments. Far from ensuring peace and security, these preparations for war and violence have locked states into the “security dilemma” of escalating mistrust and fear. They have inflamed and entrenched conflicts throughout the world, bringing unimaginable suffering to vast numbers of people.
These armaments have squandered precious resources that could be used to meet human needs, hampered human development and human rights, and undermined the cause of human security. They have not made the world safer.
We share the concern expressed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in the UN’s new disarmament agenda “Securing Our Common Future,” that the world today stands on the “brink of a new cold war.” We fully support the Secretary-General’s call to tackle this new reality through disarmament to save humanity, disarmament that saves lives and disarmament for future generations...
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