26 September: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Did you know that more than half of us are leaving in countries which either own nuclear weapons or are members of nuclear alliances? Nuclear weapons are expensive to perpetuate and their power comes from nuclear energy being released, causing an explosion. A single nuclear weapon would be enough to destroy a whole city and there are around 1600 nuclear weapons in the world right now. Just imagine what could happen in case of a nuclear war.  For this reason, achieving worldwide nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations.

26th of September represents an important global observance day, as it encourages all countries which are in the possession of nuclear weapons, to get read of them. The day offers a great occasion for leaders from around the world, to reaffirm their commitment to global nuclear disarmament. It also represents a great occasion to educate people from around the world, about the benefits of a nuclear weapon free world. Other groups which militate for nuclear disarmament include: Greenpeace, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear Wars, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Mayors for Peace, Global Zero, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Peace Action.

If you want to read more blog posts on this topic, check out our previous post, about the International day Against Nuclear Tests.


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