Faith-based groups across Australia are uniting to call on the Australian Government to participate and support the UN negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons this year.
[quote style=”1″]Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to all of humanity,
As people of faith, we understand the gift of life that nuclear weapons are designed to destroy. Nuclear weapons are incompatible with our religious values, moral principles and international humanitarian law. We have an obligation to address this paramount peril.
There are still over 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Their indiscriminate and overwhelming destructive capacity places them beyond any political or military justification.
Some governments continue to invest billions of dollars to maintain and upgrade their nuclear arsenals. This reckless spending robs the people of resources for sustainable development.
The prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons is a moral imperative.
It is beyond time for a new legal instrument to place nuclear weapons on the same footing as the other weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical weapons, which are prohibited by treaty.
Negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons will begin at the United Nations on 27 March 2017. This is a momentous opportunity. This negotiating process should be supported by all governments and include civil society.
The perspectives of faith-based groups and communities impacted by nuclear testing in Australia – as elsewhere – must be heard.
As communities of faith, we urge the Australian Government to support and participate in the upcoming negotiations.
Let us stand together to build peace and outlaw nuclear weapons.[/quote]
Endorsed by 52 faith-based organisations (as at 24 March 2017):
- Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
- Australian Jewish Democratic Society
- Australian Student Christian Movement
- Believing Women for a Culture of Peace
- Brigidine Sisters Kildara Centre
- Buddhist Council of Queensland
- Buddhist Council of Western Australia
- Canberra City Uniting Church
- Caritas Australia
- Catholic Religious Australia
- Columban Mission Institute
- Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
- Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia
- Edmund Rice Centre
- Harcourt Uniting Church
- Hashomer Hatzair Australia
- Hindu Council of Australia
- Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
- Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong
- Islamic Shia Council of Queensland
- Islamic Women’s Welfare Association
- Melbourne Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office
- Melbourne Unitarian Church
- Metropolitan Community Church Melbourne
- Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Justice and Peace Centre (Australian Province)
- Missionary Sisters of Service
- Muslim Business Network
- Muslim Charitable Foundation
- Muslims Australia
- Muslims for Progressive Values Australia
- National Council of Churches Australia
- Office for Justice and Peace, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
- Pax Christi Australia
- Pax Christi NSW
- Pax Christi Victoria
- Pitt Street Uniting Church
- Presentation Sisters Queensland
- Quakers Australia
- Rahamim Ecology Centre
- Religions for Peace (Australia)
- Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Canberra
- Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Victoria Regional Meeting
- Shepparton Interfaith Network
- Sisters of St Joseph
- Sisters of the Good Samaritan
- Social Justice Committee of Croydon Uniting Church
- Society of the Catholics Apostolate (Pallottine Community)
- Soka Gakkai International
- St Mary’s Catholic Parish
- Stand Up: Jewish Commitment to a Better World
- Uniting Church in Australia Assembly