Press releases

March 30, 2017
UN Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination

On March 30, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.

In his statement, Archbishop Auza underscored seven key elements, based upon ethical and humanitarian principles, that should be considered while constructing a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons. Among these are building peace through mutual trust and dialogue instead of mutual assured destruction; a culture of encounter and dialogue;  the condemnation of the indiscriminate harm that nuclear weapons cause for survivors; the need to care for victims and for environmental remediation; raising public interest on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons; and the allocation of resources to human development instead of weapons.

His statement can be found here.