Whereas; the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force on 22 January 2021, prohibiting nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory, and,
Whereas; Countries with nuclear arsenals are upgrading and modernizing their weapons and delivery systems (including the US) to make them easier to deploy and use and almost impossible to defend against, creating a more dangerous world, and,
Whereas; a nuclear-weapon-free zone (NWFZ) is a defined geographic region in which countries agree to prohibit the manufacture, acquisition, testing, or possession of nuclear weapons, thereby reducing the threat of nuclear annihilation, and
Whereas; five NWFZs and the Antarctic Treaty have already been established in international law, and
Whereas; The Inuit Circumpolar Council (Inuits from Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka Russia) have called for the Arctic to be declared a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone – a Peace Zone that recognizes their traditional aboriginal knowledge, culture and intellectual rights, and have passed resolutions in support of an Arctic NWFZ in 1977 and in 1983.
Therefore Be It Resolved that Veterans For Peace endorses the call for an Arctic NWFZ and urges members to join the Arctic NWFZ Discussion Group.
Craig Wilson, President
VFP Chapter 100
Pros and Cons
Pro: Support for an Arctic Nuclear Weapons Free Zone stands in solidarity with Arctic Inuit and Canadian allies.
Con: There were no opposing statements on the floor at the annual member meeting
Board and Committee:
Resolutions Committee Recommendation: Appropriate and Approved
Board of Directors Recommendation: Appropriate and Approved
Convention Floor Vote:
Approve: 100% (71/71)