August 11, 2021
The Arms Control Association estimates that 13,500 nuclear weapons are still stockpiled in military arsenals, enough to destroy the world several times over. Despite the potentially catastrophic immediate and long-term humanitarian consequences these weapons pose, efforts to disarm them have become stalled. However, after many years of negotiation, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force in January 2021, setting the stage to alter the global nuclear landscape and change how the United States and other nuclear powers not party to the TPNW will interact with the treaty’s supporters.

Can the world be free of nuclear weapons? Speakers from the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, UNA-NCA, All Souls Church Unitarian of Washington, DC, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and a Japanese peace group hosted a panel to chart out what this new global landscape means for the United States and how we view U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Panelists explored ethical, social justice, and humanitarian considerations of today’s evolving landscape of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. Learn how engagement and activism by nonprofits, faith-based organizations, youth organizations, and each of us, individually, play vital roles in our shared responsibility to create a nuclear weapons-free world.

Featured Speakers:
  • René Holbach, Political Affairs Officer, UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (ODA) (Keynote)
  • Bruce Knotts, Director, Unitarian Universalist Office (UU), United Nations
  • Hiroyo Murayama, Religions for Peace Japan
  • Karen Mulhauser, UNA-NCA Past President and UNA-USA Past National Council Chair

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