United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the nearly 1,000 participants of the International Peace Movement Conference to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The Secretary said that "Our shared vision is within reach...a nuclear-free world." And that "nuclear disarmament is my top priority."
Thousands are expected to gather at Riverside Church in New York City for a historic conference on nuclear weapons abolition. They will hear an address on Saturday by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General.
In 1961 the Soviet government announced plans to resume testing nuclear weapons, and the U.S. government followed suite. On September 15 AFSC published an open letter to the President Kennedy, calling the resumption in the arms race: "utterly traggic".
Just weeks after the nuclear attacks on Japan, AFSC's Executive Secretary Clarence Pickett, joined more than 30 other religious and educational leaders to condemn atomic bombs. This copy of that statement was pulled from AFSC's archives.
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