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International Experts Explore Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

             The year 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of Josei Toda’s declaration for the elimination of all nuclear weapons from earth. Against this background, the Toda Institute and Nuclear Age Peace Foundation are holding a conference on "The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons." The conference will be held in San Francisco on September 8-9, 2007, and will bring together leading experts in the field as well as a small group of youth leaders.

            The struggle for a nuclear weapons-free world has progressed far too slowly, allowing for new nuclear dangers to arise. The U.S. and other nuclear weapons states continue to rely upon their nuclear arsenals. U.S. policies now include the possible preemptive or preventive use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states. At the same time, other states are taking steps toward developing nuclear arsenals or holding open the possibility to do so, and the likelihood of non-state extremist groups obtaining a nuclear weapon remains an ongoing threat.

            Although the dangers posed by nuclear weapons have not been high on the global agenda, the threat to humanity from these weapons remains significant.  Dr. David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, stated, “There is no issue more central to humanity’s future than ending the threat of nuclear annihilation, which continues to hang over all our heads.  To fail on this issue is to neglect our responsibility to ourselves and to future generations.  The purpose of this conference is to explore what it will take to meet this responsibility to end the nuclear threat.  We are looking for ways out, which have not yet been found in the post Cold War world.”

            The Conference will examine educational and advocacy strategies to change both thinking and policy. Participants will be presenting papers intended for publication in a book following the conference. Among the topics that will be covered, we are highlighting the following topics: Beyond Disarmament: The Challenge of Abolition, Nuclear Weapons and the 21st Century Security, United States Policy and Nuclear Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, The Path to a Nuclear Weapons Free World, and Proposals for Activating Youth.

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            The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, and to inspire and empower a new generation of peace leaders. Founded in 1982, the Foundation is comprised of individuals and organizations worldwide who realize the imperative for peace in the Nuclear Age. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan international education and advocacy organization. It has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is recognized by the UN as a Peace Messenger Organization.

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