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Obama to Bolster Nuclear Disarmament at U.N.

(IPS) - When U.S. President Obama presides over a meeting of world leaders in the Security Council on Sep. 24, he will provide a high profile political platform for two of the most sensitive issues at the UN: nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. Obama is expected to make his maiden appearance at the U.N. when he addresses the global summit on climate change. »


Mexico court frees massacre convicts

In Mexico, 20 prisoners have been released who, were found guilty of the massacre of 45 residents of Acteal, a village in the southern state of Chiapas. The Supreme Court has ruled that their convictions were unsafe. The 45 villagers, were murdered in 1997. It is said to have involved a local dispute over land and that the Mexican government played no role in it. »


New Hope for Nuclear Disarmament

( - Marking the 64th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed over 100,000 civilians, a disarmament group celebrated a day of peace last week. The annual Sadako Peace Day ceremony was inspired by a young girl who died from leukemia as a result of the atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima in 1945. »


Obama meets with neighbouring leaders

United States President Barack Obama will hold a press conference with the leaders of Mexico and Canada at 1730 UTC. President Obama arrived in Mexico's second-largest city, Guadalajara, on Sunday evening for a day and a half of talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. In the agenda: Flu, drugs, NAFTA and the Honduras’s crisis. »


The Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay is ready to receive the Hiroshima Flame in Montreal

The Montreal’s Nature Museums invited pacifists to gather in the Japanese Garden of the Botanical Garden at 7 p.m. on August 5 for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. The Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay and the Japanese Consul in Montreal, Mr. Hiroaki Isobe, took part in this event to commemorate the tragedy that struck Hiroshima 64 years ago. »


UN nuclear watchdog’s board agrees to €25 million budget hike for 2010

The United Nations nuclear watchdog’s board has approved an almost €25 million increase in the agency’s 2010 budget. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will receive over €318 million in its regular budget next year, with the biggest funding boost going to work in nuclear security and safety, technical cooperation, nuclear power and nuclear applications. »


‘WMD-We Must Disarm’ launches short film competition

To mark the start of the second half of the Secretary-General’s 100-day “WMD-We Must Disarm” countdown campaign to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the United Nations has launched a competition to find the best short film on the issue of nuclear disarmament and/or non-proliferation. Winning films will be shown at UN Headquarters. »


Celebrity Billboards for Peace Call Attention to Hiroshima Day

The World March for Peace and Nonviolence commemorates Hiroshima Day, August 6, in New York City by launching roving celebrity billboards throughout Manhattan featuring the faces of presidents, Hollywood actors, Nobel Laureates and many others who endorse the March and feel deep worry for the nuclear threat. All will converge in Times Square for a closing ceremony. »


Give Peace Another Chance: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 40th Anniversary Bed-In

In 1969, Yoko Ono and John Lennon staged a Bed-In for Peace during their honeymoon to protest the Vietnam War. 40 years later, the organizers of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence will re-enact the Bed-In near the famous “Strawberry Fields” to warn how nuclear weapons pose the most dangerous threat to humanity and demand they be abolished. »


Nuclear Weapon Free Areas

Here we publish the complete image of the demarcation map of the world regarding the nuclear weapon free zones, the nuclear weapon free status and the nuclear weapon free geographical regions. The zones in red correspond to the land territory covered by nuclear weapon free treaties. The zones in blue correspond to the sea territory covered by nuclear weapon free treaties. »


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