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Great Powers' New Year Resolution: Now We Need Action Great Powers' New Year Resolution: Now We Need Action
by Rene Wadlow
2022-01-12 08:46:39
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On 3 January 2022 the People's Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America issued a joint statement on security, disarmament, and arms control.

nure00001_400"We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.  As nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences, we also affirm that nuclear-weapons - for as long as they continue to exist - should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression and prevent war.

We reaffirm the importance of addressing nuclear threats and emphasize the importance of preserving and complying with our bilateral and multilateral non-proliferation, disarmament, and arms controm agreements and commitments and to create a security environment more conducive to progress on disarmament with the ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons with undiminished security for all.

We underline our desire to work with all states to create a security environment ... and to avoid military confrontations, strengthen stability and predictability, increase mutual understanding and confidence, and prevent an arms race that would benefit none and endanger all.  We are resolved to pursue constructive dialogue with mutual respect and acknowledgment of each other's security interests and concerns."

There are upcoming avenues for positive actions.  On 1 January, France took the rotating presidency of the European Union for six months.  On 9 and 10 January, high level US and Russian delegations will meet in Geneva.  There could be advances on the slow-moving Iran nuclear issues in Vienna.  The Review Conference on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty has been moved from this January to August giving more time to reach agreements.

There is always an issue if New Year's resolutions are really action plans or just "feel good" sentiments.  It is our role as peace advocates to set out some of the ways these New Year's resolution can be carried out.


Rene Wadlow, President, Association of World Citizens

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