Nobel Laureates Declaration
07 Mar 2007
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, meeting in Rome at the 7th World Summit, have committed themselves to collectively working towards achieving the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, which they say are unworthy’ of civilisation.
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Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, meeting in Rome at the 7th World Summit, have committed themselves to collectively working towards achieving the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, which they say are unworthy’ of civilisation. Their Rome Declaration states: ‘Nuclear weapons are much more of a problem than any problem they seek to solve. In the hands of anyone, these weapons remain an unacceptable and morally reprehensible, impractical and dangerous risk.
‘A world with nuclear haves and have-nots is fragmented and unstable, a fact underscored by the current threats of proliferation. In such an environment co-operation fails. Thus, nations are unable to address effectively the real threats of poverty, environmental degradation and nuclear catastrophe.
‘These weapons have no value against terrorists or criminals. Progress towards a safer future is not thwarted from a lack of practical, threat-reducing policy options. The problem is a real lack of political will.’
Meanwhile, in the USA, a group of veteran heavyweights, including Henry Kissinger and George Schultz, who are both former Secretary of States, appear to agree that reliance on nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly hazardous and decreasingly effective.’
‘We endorse the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and we will work energetically on the actions required to achieve that goal,’ they said.
Contact: Segretariato Permanente dei Summits dei Premi Nobel per la Pace
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