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Documents related to nuclear arms control

Title Description Document Owner Document Type Effective Date
Public Statement in Support of the Multilateral Negotiation of a Nuclear Weapons Ban in 2017 Submitted to the 2016 UN General Assembly First Committee by Faith Communities Concerned about the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement 12 October 2016 02:00 AM
Assurance of prayers during President Obama's visit to Hiroshima On the occasion of US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 28 May 2016, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent greetings, noting that this is a time when signs of peace and justice are sorely needed. General Secretary Pastoral letter 26 May 2016 02:00 AM
Peacemakers for Life Sermon for Joint Anglican-Catholic Peace Memorial Service by Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, vice-moderator of the WCC Central Committee and head of WCC delegation of Church Leaders Pilgrimage to Japan on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings. Central Committee Sermon 05 August 2015 12:00 AM
What is required of us Speech by Rev. Dr Sang Chang, WCC Asia President, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, at the Nuclear Disarmament Symposium Hiroshima, 6 August 2015. WCC Presidents Lecture - Speech 31 July 2015 02:00 AM
Faith Communities on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons Interfaith statement at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons delivered by Kimiaki Kawai (SGI) WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 09 December 2014 01:00 AM
Statement towards a Nuclear-free World Statement towards a nuclear free world, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee. Central Committee Statement: public statement 07 July 2014 02:00 AM
Comment on Iran nuclear agreement WCC general secretary's public comment on Iran nuclear agreement General Secretary Statement: public statement 27 November 2013 06:24 PM
Statement on the Way of Just Peace The Statement on the Way of Just Peace was adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee. Assembly Statement: public statement 08 November 2013 02:00 PM
OPCW Nobel Peace Prize Congratulations to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2013, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons General Secretary Statement: public statement 14 October 2013 03:25 PM
68th anniversary of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Public comment by the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary Statement: public statement 05 August 2013 04:13 PM
NATO summit: Nuclear weapons in Europe Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit urges the NATO to “lead by example” and withdraw nuclear weapons still deployed in Europe. General Secretary Statement: public statement 15 May 2012 04:11 PM
Statement against cluster bombs and nuclear weapons The World Council of Churches welcomes two decisions just taken here in Geneva to protect human lives from lethal and indiscriminate weapons. Both decisions are heartening examples of a world majority of mostly small countries taking leadership for the common good when powerful states have failed to do so. Both address threats that churches have long decried. General Secretary S 29 November 2011 07:00 AM
We cannot live with such dangers World Council of Churches' general secretary statement on the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 6 and 9 August 1945. General Secretary S 06 August 2011 10:58 PM
Follow-up on the adoption of NATO's Strategic Concept Following up on their earlier calls for nuclear disarmament, four global, regional and national ecumenical organizations told leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union and Russia that NATO and its member states should seize the opportunity of the Defence and Deterrence Review in 2011 to take bold steps and end the anachronistic policy of nuclear sharing including the deployment of United States tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 16 March 2011 11:20 PM
Ratification of new START treaty Statement on the ratification by the US Senate of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia General Secretary Statement: public statement 23 December 2010 05:13 PM
Prayers for Peace and Justice on Hiroshima Day Liturgy for the Midday Prayers for Peace and Justice on Hiroshima Day, Feast of the Transfiguration, 6 August 2010, at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva. WCC Programmes Liturgical text 06 August 2010 10:54 PM
65th anniversary of 1st atomic bombings Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on the anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki General Secretary Statement: public statement 05 August 2010 09:20 PM
US-Russia nuclear arms reduction treaty The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's comment on the signing of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) by Presidents Medvedev and Obama in Prague, 8 April 2010. General Secretary Statement: public statement 08 April 2010 03:30 PM
Consultation on the "Peace of the World Free of Nuclear Weapons" Speech given by Samuel Kobia at the Consultation on the "Peace of the World Free of Nuclear Weapons", organized by the Asia Pacific Graduate School, Korea; the National YMCA of Korea; and the DMZ Society, Hwacheon, Korea. General Secretary Lecture - Speech 04 December 2009 07:09 PM
To heads of states/governments involved in the Six Party Talks Open letter to heads of states and governments involved in the Six-Party Talks related to issues on the Korean peninsula. General Secretary Statement: letter 12 November 2009 05:49 PM
Letter to NATO, EU, USA and Russia on nuclear disarmament "Now is the time to continue the trend" toward nuclear disarmament, four global, regional and national ecumenical organizations told leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union and Russia. "The present opportunity must be transformed into conclusive actions." Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 28 October 2009 05:11 PM
Letter to the US President Barack Obama Letter to the US President Barack Obama at the occasion of his nonimation for the peace Nobel prize General Secretary P 10 October 2009 10:27 PM
Statement of hope in a year of opportunity: seeking a nuclear-weapon-free world Central Committee S 01 September 2009 06:00 AM
On the Russia-US nuclear agreement Public statement on the Russia-United States nuclear agreement General Secretary S 07 July 2009 09:17 PM
Comment on North Korea nuclear test The World Council of Churches is deeply troubled by North Korea's nuclear test and profoundly concerned for the people of North Korea and surrounding countries, none of whose interests are served by this tragic failure of international relations. General Secretary S 25 May 2009 07:57 PM
Letter to NATO member states General Secretary P 30 March 2009 05:45 PM
Letter to WCC member churches in Korea General Secretary S 01 July 2008 04:22 PM
Letter to the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak General Secretary S 01 July 2008 04:22 PM
UNAW 2007 Report For the United Nations Advocacy Week 2007, the WCC chose to emphasize four themes, a primary focus on the Greater Horn of Africa; water, nuclear disarmament and the Middle East, with an emphasis on Palestine and Israel. Commission on International Affairs Report 01 January 2008 03:30 PM
C. F. von Weizsäcker Tribute to Prof. Dr Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, who gave decisive impetus to the Conciliar Process for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. General Secretary Tribute 07 May 2007 05:55 PM
Letter to member churches of the WCC in the UK General Secretary P 09 March 2007 05:27 PM
Statement on the need for churches' vigilance against nuclear proliferation Executive committee S 01 March 2007 07:00 AM
On the Agreement Reached at The Six Party Talks The World Council of Churches, since the early 1980s, has monitored developments relating to peace and security in North East Asia. Of particular concern to the Council was the division of Korea and the consequential tension and the potential threat of conflict in the peninsula. General Secretary S 15 February 2007 10:09 PM
"Week of Impunity" in the Middle East WCC calls international attention to situation in the Middle East Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement 14 December 2006 07:00 AM
North Korean government's test of a nuclear device Letter to the WCC member churches, regional ecumenical organizations, national councils of churches and CCIA Commission Commission on International Affairs Statement: letter 27 November 2006 06:00 AM
North Korea nuclear testing General Secretary S 09 October 2006 04:28 PM
North Korean government's test of a nuclear device General Secretary S 09 October 2006 06:00 AM
Expression of concern on military tensions in the Korean peninsula General Secretary S 07 July 2006 06:00 AM
Presentation of the WMDC's Final Report General Secretary S 15 June 2006 06:00 AM
Iran and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Executive committee R 19 May 2006 06:00 AM
Statement on Iran and nuclear non-proliferation Executive committee S 19 May 2006 06:00 AM
6. Minute on elimination of nuclear arms The following report was presented to and received by the Assembly. Its resolutions were proposed by the Public Issues Committee and approved by the Assembly through consensus. Dissent expressed by Assembly delegates is recorded as endnotes. Assembly Statement: minute 23 February 2006 07:00 AM
Introduction Assembly P 23 February 2006 07:00 AM
Initiative for a resolution to move forward on nuclear disarmament Letter to Ambassador Rosemary Banks, Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations Commission on International Affairs Statement: letter 08 February 2006 07:00 AM
Award of 2005 Nobel Peace Prize Commission on International Affairs S 07 October 2005 06:00 AM
United Nations World Summit General Secretary S 07 September 2005 06:00 AM
Message on the 60th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) M 03 August 2005 06:00 AM
The WCC concern for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation Presentation by Peter Weiderud, Director, CCIA, at the Advocacy Days of the churches in the United States, Washington D.C. Commission on International Affairs Lecture - Speech 12 March 2005 07:00 AM
Statement on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Executive committee S 20 February 2004 04:30 PM
Minute on India-Pakistan Composite Dialogue Executive committee S 20 February 2004 07:00 AM
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Executive committee A 20 February 2004 07:00 AM
Expression of concern on tensions in the Korean peninsula Commission on International Affairs S 15 January 2004 07:00 AM
Statement on Iraq Central Committee A 02 September 2003 06:00 AM
Statement Against Military Action in Iraq Executive committee S 21 February 2003 07:00 AM
Message from Church Leaders United Against the War in Iraq Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) M 05 February 2003 07:00 AM
Appeal on the occasion of the NATO Summit in Prague Letter from the CCIA director Peter Weiderud to foreign ministers of the non-nuclear member states of NATO Commission on International Affairs Statement: letter 14 November 2002 07:00 AM
Appeal to the Governments of India and Pakistan for normalization of relations with Pakistan Commission on International Affairs S 07 October 2002 06:00 AM
Appeal to Iraq to respect the resolutions of the UN Security Council Commission on International Affairs S 19 September 2002 06:00 AM
Statement on South Asia Central Committee R 03 September 2002 06:00 AM
Minute on the renegotiation of the Compacts of Free Association between the U.S.A. and the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands Adopted by the Central Committee, Geneva, 26 August - 3 September 2002. Central Committee Statement: minute 26 August 2002 06:00 AM
Report of the XLV meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs Commission on International Affairs R 03 June 2002 06:00 AM
India/Pakistan Dispute - Expression of hope for the success of India-Pakistan summit General Secretary S 11 July 2001 06:00 AM
Statement on nuclear disarmament, NATO policy and the churches Document No. PI 5 Central Committee Statement: public statement 06 February 2001 12:00 AM
Statement on nuclear disarmament, NATO policy and the churches Executive committee S 26 January 2001 07:00 AM
Call for the dismantling of nuclear weapons Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 23 April 1999 06:00 AM
An eye-witness account of Hiroshima (Suggested as a possible reading at prayers for peace on Hiroshima Day) Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Message 05 August 1983 11:32 PM
Peace Vigil Meditation by Dr Philip Potter A night-long vigil for peace on 5 August 1983 at the WCC 6th Assembly in Vancouver commemorated the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 38 years earlier. Meditation by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Philip Potter General Secretary 05 August 1983 03:51 PM