Secretary-General Launches Multiplatform Campaign to Promote Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

13 June 2009
DC/3179-PI/1891

Secretary-General Launches Multiplatform Campaign to Promote Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

13 June 2009
Press Release
DC/3179 PI/1891
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General launches multiplatform campaign to promote

 

nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched the “WMD-WeMustDisarm” multiplatform campaign, beginning the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace.  The Day, commemorated annually on 21 September, this year focuses on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Joining the Secretary-General in promoting the campaign are:

-- United Nations Messenger of Peace and Academy Award-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas, who has championed the cause of disarmament for the United Nations since 1998; and

-- Rainn Wilson, featured actor in the United States television comedy, The Office, who has more than 800,000  followers on Twitter.

Over the next 100 days leading up to 21 September, they, along with the Secretary-General, will raise awareness of the costs and dangers of nuclear weapons by issuing a daily message, via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, e-mail and radio, urging the world to disarm.

The Secretary-General is taking the lead by issuing the first 10 “tweets” of the campaign.  His first tweet today read:  “WeMustDisarm because nukes threaten mankind.  Let’s get rid of them 4 good-UN SecGen Ban Ki-moon.”

In his message to mark the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, the Secretary-General said, “As we observe the International Day of Peace with world leaders gathered in New York for the sixty-fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly, I will proclaim one strong, simple message:  We Must Disarm!”

The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981 for “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people”.  Twenty years later, the General Assembly decided that 21 September would be observed annually as a “day of global ceasefire and non-violence” and invited all Member States, organizations and individuals to commemorate the day, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of a global ceasefire.

Useful Links

WMD-WeMustDisarm on Twitter

www.twitter.com/wemustdisarm

WMD-WeMustDisarm cause on Facebook

http://apps.facebook.com/causes/298538/61588950?m=6949f328

WMD-WeMustDisarm on MySpace

www.myspace.com/wemustdisarm

Secretary-General’s 100-day message

www.un.org/sg/peacedaymessage2009.shtml

Secretary-General’s 5 point nuclear disarmament proposal

www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/sg5point.shtml

United Nations Disarmament Affairs

www.un.org/disarmament/index.shtml

United Nations on nuclear weapons

www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/index.shtml

United Nations on Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/CTBT.shtml

Map of nuclear weapon-free zones

www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/images/NWFZ_Map_small.gif

United Nations on Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/NPT.shtml

United Nations Disarmament Education website

www.un.org/disarmament/education/index.html

Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education

http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/dnp/

For more information and media queries, please contact Jim Landale, tel.:  1 212 963 3423, e-mail:  landale@un.org; or Melanie Nolte, tel.:  1 917 367 0262, e-mail:  nolte@un.org, of the Department of Public Information’s Peace and Security Section.

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For information media • not an official record
For information media. Not an official record.