Launch of the Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament

May 23, 2023 [Catalan Chapter]

Report by Ms. Montserrat Catà, the City of Granollers, Spain

On May 23, within the event titled “Education for peace and nuclear disarmament”, the new Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament (Alianza por el Desarme Nuclear) made its official introduction. The Alliance comprises 45 organisations in Spain that have come together with the aim of urging local municipalities and regional parliaments to appeal to the Spanish government to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The Catalan Chapter of Mayors for Peace is a member of the Alliance.

During the event, representatives from the participating organizations addressed the current risk of a nuclear war and emphasized the importance of supporting the Treaty. Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former Director-General of UNESCO, stated that the results of the G7 meeting are an issue of concern. Mr. Carlos Umaña, Co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and a member of ICAN, highlighted the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war.

The Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament supports the campaign “Cities of Peace (Ciutats de Pau),” organized by the Mayors for Peace network and FundiPau (Fundació per la Pau), a Catalonia-based peace organization. The campaign urges municipalities to demand responsible and secure steps from the Spanish government toward the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

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Photo: courtesy of Alianza por el Desarme Nuclear