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International trade unions call for ban treaty

May 23, 2014

The International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC), an ICAN partner organization, issued a general statement from its World Congress yesterday in Berlin, in which it said world leaders and international institutions “have failed to eliminate nuclear weapons and deliver global peace,” and called for “a treaty to ban the use, manufacture, stockpiling and possession of nuclear weapons as a first step towards their complete eradication.” The ITUC also called for regulation of the small arms trade and said that “hundreds of billions of dollars of military expenditure must be better spent meeting vital needs for sustainable employment and development.”

The language on nuclear weapons was proposed by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, and ICAN campaigners have been urging their national ITUC chapters to support the call for a ban at this Congress. The statement was adopted unanimously.

This is a major accomplishment for ICAN, which has made engagement with labor groups—and other civil society organizations that have not traditionally focused on the nuclear issues—an important priority.

  1. May 23, 2014 2:49 pm

    ITUC statement is very encouraging.’ It is written on the wall’ that world community needs to join hands to change not only ideology,philosophy to govern but also to bring and share, the faith ,the logic and the mechanism to Ban Nuclear weapons.
    The argument of Deterrence has failed to bring peace as WWII was fought to end all wars.
    If we add , Global military expenses. figures are staggering. 200,000 billion dollars per year we spend on Global military machines(IN OUR CALCULATIONS WE FORGET TO ADD r&d, CONFLICT BASED EXPENSES, PRIVATE MILITARY CULTURE,ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AND HUMAN SUFFERING FROM WAR INFESTED AREAS).
    Add all up we can resolve energy crises , food water shortage,diseases just by cutting expenses of this war preparedness.

  2. May 23, 2014 10:55 am

    “In such a world, there would be no organized warfare, no permanent military establishments, and no traffic in the implements of war.”

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