On September 23rd, the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates released a statement of support for the Back from the Brink campaign as well as other international efforts to reduce the likelihood of nuclear war, including the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
The letter of support highlights some of the dangerous international developments that have occurred in the last few years, including the U.S. walking out of the Iranian nuclear weapons agreement, and the recent explosion and release of radioactivity at a Russian weapon testing facility that killed five scientists. It also references a soon-to-be-released report that shows how a limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan could result in 75 million direct deaths, and as many as 2 billion more from climate disruptions that lead to starvation.
Citing the fact that “the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded eight times to individuals and organizations for their work to prevent nuclear war and to rid the world of the scourge of nuclear weapons,” and the increasingly “expensive and aggressive arms races unlike anything we’ve seen since the Cold War,” the group of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates stated that they “support efforts, such as the Back from the Brink campaign in the United States, to bring fundamental policy change in the nuclear armed state.”
To read the full statement of support, click here.