5 August 2005
Upon the 60th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, and the strike three days later against Nagasaki, the Socialist International reaffirms its commitment to promoting nuclear non-proliferation and achieving the overall goal of nuclear disarmament.
The continuing development and enhancement of nuclear capabilities by countries in both the developed and developing worlds mean that we continue to live with the dreadful prospect that nuclear weapons might again be used. The peril is heightened by ongoing tensions in a number of places and the threat of nuclear devices being used for terrorist purposes.
It is therefore crucial that the international community renew its determination and redouble its efforts to ensure that the world today and future generations never witness the kind of horror that befell Hiroshima and Nagasaki six decades ago.
The Socialist International has consistently supported every effort to bring an end to the nuclear threat. As part of the International’s continuing work toward that goal, the SI is planning to hold a meeting of its Committee on Peace, Democracy and Human Rights in Japan to commemorate those who lost their lives in the bombings, and to focus especially on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and to further the social democratic approach to strengthening global and regional security.