We are happy to share with our readers this Open Letter From Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and Citizens of the World Against War and Nuclear Weapons*. This is a historic call to reject war and nuclear weapons. We get the chance to join them in fighting to protect the planet and its peoples.
You will find a link to sign the letter and join the Dalai Lama and several other key figures fighting for peace – in Ukraine and all over the world.
Read the letter below:
“We reject war and nuclear weapons. We call on all our fellow citizens of the world to join us in protecting our planet, home for all of us, from those who threaten to destroy it.
The invasion of Ukraine has created a humanitarian disaster for its people. The entire world is facing the greatest threat in history: a large-scale nuclear war, capable of destroying our civilization and causing vast ecological damage across the Earth.
We call for an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of all Russian military forces from Ukraine, and for all possible efforts at dialogue to prevent this ultimate disaster.
We call on Russia and NATO to explicitly renounce any use of nuclear weapons in this conflict, and we call on all countries to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to ensure that we never again face a similar moment of nuclear danger.
The time to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons is now. It is the only way to guarantee that the inhabitants of the planet will be safe from this existential threat.
It is either the end of nuclear weapons, or the end of us. We reject governance through imposition and threats, and we advocate for dialogue, coexistence and justice.
A world without nuclear weapons is necessary and possible, and together we will build it. It is urgent that we give peace a chance.
*: Nobel Peace Prices Laureates organised this campaign with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and Avaaz. IPPNW is a non-partisan federation of national medical groups in 55 countries, representing tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, other health workers, and has dedicated decades of time and energy to creating a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation and armed violence.
Cover image: the campaign’s official banner.