2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORT FOR THE COMMENCEMENT OF NEGOTIATIONS ON THE ELIMINATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

WHEREAS, as long as nuclear weapons exist, cities around the world will be vulnerable to instantaneous devastation on a scale exceeding even that experienced by Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945; and

WHEREAS, a nuclear war would devastate many cities, an accidental missile launch would devastate several cities, and use of a nuclear weapon by terrorists would devastate a city; and

WHEREAS, any nuclear attack would obliterate City Hall and all emergency response mechanisms rendering any city “planning” for such a disaster utterly futile; and

WHEREAS, the world’s foremost line of defense against nuclear dangers is the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) which is currently in its seventh review cycle, with all parties to the treaty scheduled to meet next May to ensure that the treaty is being fully implemented; and

WHEREAS, all other weapons of mass destruction have been prohibited by international agreement and are being eliminated under international control, and the nuclear-weapon states party to the NPT have undertaken to pursue negotiations in good faith on nuclear disarmament; and

WHEREAS, the International Court of Justice unanimously found in 1996 that all states were obliged to “bring to a conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control;” and

WHEREAS, the World Conference of Mayors for Peace has launched an international campaign calling on the 2005 NPT Review Conference to launch negotiations on the elimination of nuclear weapons, to be concluded by 2010 and fully implemented by 2020, also known as the 2020 Vision; and

WHEREAS, weapons of mass destruction have no place in a civilized world,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors calls upon the U.S. President to support a decision by the 2005 NPT Review Conference to commence negotiations on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons and nuclear-weapon-related materials, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the U.S. Conference of Mayors shall remain engaged this matter until our cities are no longer under the threat of nuclear devastation.