[September 26, 2017]: The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joined the United Nations and peace loving people all over the world in their fight against nuclear weapons on Sept. 26, 2017, during International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.  

Nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations but despite the United Nations fight, more than half of the world's population still lives in countries that either has such weapons or are members of nuclear alliances.

"There are more than 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world despite an ongoing effort by the United Nations to disbar such weaponry that could cripple nations if not destroy them completely,"  said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. "We are taking a stand with the United Nations in the fight for peace for all of mankind." continued Hamad.

Nuclear disarmament was the subject of the General Assembly's first resolution in 1946. After general and complete disarmament first came onto the General Assembly's  agenda in 1959, nuclear disarmament has remained the most important and urgent objective of the United Nations in this field.  Since 1975, it has been a prominent theme of the review conferences of States parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In 1978, the General Assembly's first Special Session on disarmament reaffirmed that effective measures for nuclear disarmament have the highest priority.

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority. It also provides an opportunity to educate the "public and their leaders” about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them. Commemorating this Day at the United Nations is especially important, given its universal membership and its long experience in grappling with nuclear disarmament issues. It is the right place to address one of humanity's greatest challenges, achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.



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