Pax Christi International, network members sign onto public statement for NPT PrepCom 2020
2/5/19 - Pax Christi International, along with 15 member organisations, national sections and local groups, signed onto the "Public Statement to the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)". This was a joint statement signed by "Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons" and delivered by Emily Welty on 1 May 2019 in New York City.
The statement begins:
"As faith communities concerned about nuclear weapons, we collectively call this body’s attention to the pressing need to work productively for a world free from the most destructive weapons ever created. Our respective faith traditions and our lived experience as people of faith compel us to speak together, regardless of our differences, to denounce this threat to our shared humanity.
"We recognize the fearfulness that has driven nations to take up arms against threats to their security but we collectively choose to face that fear not with additional posturing or intimidation but with continued action for a world based on trust, compassion and equality. We believe that this peacebuilding work requires courage, resilience and imagination. Our faith-based traditions have given us both the imperative to continue this humanitarian disarmament work, even, perhaps especially, when there are so many voices of despair and pessimism.
"We share and value the basic human right to live in a world free from the fear of total destruction, in an environment free from contamination. The indiscriminate and destructive capacity of nuclear weapons makes them wholly incompatible with our faith traditions and requires our consistent advocacy for their total and complete elimination.
We believe in the power of people of goodwill to work for a better world, to shape policy and institutions so that they foster the fullness of life and support human dignity..."