29 October 2008


"Arms regulation, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are key elements for a global strategy in favour of human rights, development and international order," said Archbishop Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, in addressing the UN General Assembly recently.

Noting that the approaching 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights invites a renewed commitment to disarmament, development and peace, Archbishop Migliore went on to point out the apparent contradiction between the lack of commitment to nuclear proliferation and test ban treaties and the pursuit of nuclear arsenals by some nations on one hand and efforts to combat terrorism and limit the use of particular types of weapons on the other.

He commended the adoption of the Convention on Cluster Munitions which will be opened for signing on 3 December 2008 in Oslo. The Convention was adopted by 107 States, with the support of 20 Observer States, international organizations and a coalition of non-governmental organizations following a recent meeting in Dublin.

By visiting the above website you can take part in the Global Week of Action to ban cluster bombs and send letters to countries that have not yet decided whether they will sign in Oslo, calling on them to sign! You can also sign the people’s treaty on this issue.

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