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A warm round of thanks to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

May 11, 2010

[The IPPNW delegation to the 2010 NPT Review Conference has sent the following letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has made frequent appearances during the Conference to promote his five-point plan for nuclear disarmament, which includes work on a Nuclear Weapons Convention. SG Ban has said that the elimination of nuclear weapons is one of his highest priorities, and that he has taken it on as a personal mission.]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explains his five-point nuclear disarmament plan to parliamentarians at the 2010 NPT Review

May 7, 2010

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations
New York, NY 10017

Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which has a large delegation attending the NPT Review Conference, wishes to thank you for your vision and work in pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons.

As physicians the world over dedicated to the health and well being of our human family, we too are steadfast in our commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons.

We know only too well the devastating impact and absence of any adequate or meaningful medical response to a nuclear explosion. In that regard, we would like to present you with the enclosed copy of IPPNW’s new publication, Zero Is the Only Option: Four Medical and Environmental Cases for the Eradication of Nuclear Weapons, which we launched at this Review Conference this week.

We commit ourselves to your five-point proposal on nuclear disarmament and, in particular to promoting a Nuclear Weapons Convention as the most practical and effective framework for achieving that goal under international law. Your leadership in this regard is an inspiration to all of us. We are available to provide whatever medical and scientific information or assistance you need to further articulate the urgency of this work.

Yours sincerely,

Gunnar Westberg
Former Co-President, on behalf of the IPPNW delegation

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