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Nuclear Abolition Conference Draws Thousands

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations General Secretary. Photo: UN / United Nations

Gathering Presses Obama, UN, for Treaty Now on Nuclear Weapons Abolition

PHOTO OPS: Ban Ki-moon speaks at conference. A-bomb survivors attend conference.

NEW YORK (April 28, 2010) – Thousands of nuclear abolitionists from the U.S., Japan, Europe and other nations are coming here for a historic conference at New York’s Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, urging the world’s leaders to start talks to eliminate the world’s nuclear arsenals immediately.

The conference “For A Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World” begins Friday, April 30, 2010, in advance of May’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the UN. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will speak Saturday May 1 at Riverside Church.

“The double standard in which nations possess nuclear weapons and threaten attacks while others are forbidden weapons no longer works. It promotes proliferation. We’ve come to New York to press the NPT Review Conference to fulfill the treaty’s promise of negotiations for an abolition convention,” said Joseph Gerson, Disarmament Director for the American Friends Service Committee and a conference organizer.


 International Conference “For A Nuclear Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World.” Hundreds of activists, scholars and political figures from more than 20 countries gather to plan activities during the month-long NPT Review Conference and for the future.


6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday April 30
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday May 1


Riverside Church
120th Street & Riverside Drive


  • Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
  • Tadatoshi Akiba, Hiroshima Mayor
  • John Burroughs, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
  • Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation
  • Joseph Gerson, American Friends Service Committee
  • Zia Mian, Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security
  • Natalia Mironova, Movement for Nuclear Safety
  • Terumi Tanaka, Japan Confederation of A- & H-Bomb Sufferers Organization

The event is organized by the 2010 NPT Review Organizing Committee, a network of 25 U.S., Japanese, European and Israeli nuclear weapons abolition and peace organizations. For more information, visit

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