Helfand & Ikeda

List of Viable Proposals for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Ira Helfand: From "The Call To Prevent Nuclear War"

The United States should:

  • embrace this call for nuclear disarmament as the centerpiece of our national security policy
  • renounce the option of using nuclear weapons first
  • end the president’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack
  • take US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
  • cancel the plan to replace its entire arsenal with enhanced weapons;
  • actively pursue a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals

Daisaku Ikeda: From "Heed the Voices of the Hibakusha Urging All States to Sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons"

  • Japan should join the Treaty
  • Global mobilization of the voices of civil society
  • Promote widespread awareness of the Treaty and its significance, building a truly solid and expansive base of support for it and its objectives
  • It is vital that an accurate awareness of the realities of nuclear weapons experienced and communicated by the hibakusha be shared and sustained widely among the people of all countries and across generations.
  • Global civil society must play a central role in promoting universal accession to the Treaty through peace and disarmament education.

Dr. Ira Helfand is a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, which was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Helfand was in Oslo for the ceremony. He is also co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. That group, which founded ICAN in 2007, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

Daisaku Ikeda is president of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with more than twelve million members worldwide. He has written and lectured widely on Buddhism, humanism, and global ethics.

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