This month, the United Nations General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament) discussed a number of weapons issues including nuclear weapons.

The New Zealand representative, Ambassador Dell Higgie made a joint statement on behalf of 155 States, including Ireland, on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. The statement stressed the concerns that these countries have with the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons which

“affect not only governments, but each and every citizen of our interconnected world. They have deep implications for human survival; for our environment; for socio-economic development; for our economies; and for the heath of future generations”.

A similar statement was read at the same meeting last year and in 2012. Each year it is supported by more States with a record 155 States supporting the statement this year. To read the full statement click here.

The Irish Red Cross nuclear weapons disarmament campaign

In line with the 2011 & 2013 resolutions of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the Irish Red Cross is committed to playing its part in raising awareness in Ireland of the catastrophic humanitarian impacts that would result from the use of nuclear weapons. The resolutions appeal to States to ensure nuclear weapons are never again used and to create laws to prohibit their use and aim for their elimination.

In Ireland, the Irish Red Cross will be running a series of events and disseminating the latest news and facts as part of a nuclear weapons disarmament campaign.

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