To mark the 60th anniversary of the first detonation of the atom bomb, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are asking mayors all over the world to call for negotiations to begin in 2005 on a treaty for the total elimination of nuclear weapons by 2020.
The United Nations will hold a conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in May. The U.S. anti-war coalition United for Peace and Justice and the anti-nuclear weapons group Abolition Now! have announced plans for a demonstration in New York's Central Park on May 1, 2005, the day before the United Nations conference begins.
Abolition Now! plans to bring to the conference a delegation of mayors who have signed on to the call for the elimination of nuclear weapons.So far, 600 mayors—including more than 60 from the United States—have joined the campaign.
For more information, go to www.abolition now.org. Monika Szymurska is Abolition 2000's outreach coordinator. Abolition Now! is a campaign of Abolition 2000.