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Thursday 19 April 2007
European Parliament, Brussels
Organised by Abolition 2000 Europe, ISIS Europe, Mayors for Peace, Olof Palme International Center and the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament

On Thursday April 19th, members of the European Parliament from across the political spectrum joined with disarmament experts, political leaders and civil society representatives in a conference "A Comprehensive approach towards nuclear disarmament".
The conference explored the possibilities and opportunities for the European Union to become increasingly involved in promoting non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. This conference was very timely in as it took place during the run-up to the next Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee from April 30 to May 11 2007.

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The recent nuclear test by North-Korea as well as the nuclear weapons modernisation programs of the Nuclear-Weapon States are deeply disturbing events. Today nine countries have nuclear weapons compared to six just 10 years ago. On October 16th 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, declared that a new approach was necessary as another 20 or 30 nations have the capacity to develop nuclear weapons in a very short time span.
ElBaradei underscored this by saying: “It is difficult to maintain the logic that for some countries reliance would be made on nuclear weapons or even trying to develop new nuclear weapons while telling everybody else that is not good for you”.
In response to this mounting peril Mayors for Peace, other global associations, and private citizens are now working together to promote the 2020 Vision Campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to eliminate all nuclear weapons.
The organizers and participants paid tribute to the work and lifetime achievements of the Mayor of Nagasaki, Mr. Iccho Itoh. He was the co-founder of Mayors for Peace and Chair of the Japanese association of Mayors for Peace. He was brutally assassinated on April 18th 2007 in his home town of Nagasaki, the second city to have experienced a nuclear attack. We also paid tribute to nuclear abolition campaigner Janet Bloomfield, co-founder of the Atomic Mirror and a leader in the Abolition 2000 global network to abolish nuclear arms, who had died unexpectedly the previous week.