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International Disarmament Activists Announce Mobilization Against Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis

Marchers take part in the 2015 Peace and Planet, held on the eve of the NPT Review Conference.  Photo: Kyle Depew / AFSC

Event marks 75 years since bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

BOSTON/BERLIN/TOKYO (September 27, 2019) – On April 24 through 26 of 2020, hundreds of leading nuclear disarmament, peace, climate and justice organizations will gather for The World Conference and International Mobilization in New York City.

The conference will bring together leaders, activists, and A-bomb survivors (Hibakusha) from across the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Global South. It will take place at the Riverside Church, located at 490 Riverside Drive in Manhattan. Plenary speakers will include leading international disarmament, peace, climate and justice movement leaders, and activists, scholars and diplomats from around the world.

On April 26, thousands will march to the United Nations, where more than 10 million petition signatures urging the fulfilment of the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s (NPT) promise of the complete elimination of nuclear weapons will be presented to UN and NPT Review officials. The march will be led by Japanese and Korean Hibakusha, and other movement leaders.

“It is a privilege to be working with such a diverse and international coalition to hammer home the need for disarmament, peace, and climate, economic, and racial justice,” says Joseph Gerson, conference organizer and disarmament coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee. “With increasing threats of war, rising tension between world powers, new arms races, rising seas of the climate crisis, and continued violence against people of color, we are organizing to create the foundation for real security for future generations.”

The conference will be held in the days before the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations, and will provide a forum to analyze the diplomacy and debates within the U.N. and develop strategies to influence its outcome.

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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.