Mayors for Peace launched an “Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons” to raise public demand for the abolition of nuclear weapons and promote actions to convey that demand to each nation state. That campaign set forth our “2020 Vision,” a program to eliminate all nuclear weapons by the year 2020. Based on this vision, we will continue to work with cities, citizens, NGOs and other organizations around the world to develop initiatives that promote the abolition of nuclear weapons.
The EU Parliament, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the National Conference of Black Mayors, the World Assembly of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Japan Association of City Mayors, and the National Council of Japan Nuclear-Free Local Authorities have expressed their support for the 2020 Vision Campaign. Mayors for Peace also received a message of strong support from U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres for its initiatives including the 2020 Vision Campaign.
1) Immediately de-alert all nuclear weapons
Even today, thousands of nuclear weapons around the world stand ready to launch on warning.
This level of alert is madness, and stepping down is the quickest,easiest way to prevent an accidental nuclear holocaust.
2) Immediately start substantive negotiations toward a universal nuclear weapons convention
After repeated promises at NPT Review Conferences and other occasions by the nuclear-weapon states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals, we call on national governments to start substantive negotiations now to achieve a nuclear weapons convention.
3) Conclusion of a nuclear weapons convention
We call on national governments and other institutions to work toward the conclusion of a nuclear weapons convention that comprehensively prohibits the development, production, testing, stockpiling, or use of nuclear weapons and provides for their elimination.
4) Physical destruction of all nuclear weapons by 2020
The weapons can be destroyed. Fissile materials can be rendered unusable. Strict international control is technically feasible. A nuclear-weapon-free world is possible.