(An Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons)
With the hope of realizing a world free of nuclear weapons while hibakusha are still alive, in October 2003, Mayors for Peace developed the 2020 Vision (Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons), which is a set of concrete action guidelines aiming for the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020. Based on this vision, Mayors for Peace is globally promoting various initiatives aimed at the abolition of nuclear weapons, forging links with member cities, citizens, NGOs and other organizations around the world.
The EU Parliament, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), 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. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has issued a message which states that the total elimination of nuclear weapons remains the highest disarmament priority of the UN and that he will work with Hiroshima and Nagasaki to that end.
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.