World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

You are here: Home / What we do / Nuclear arms control

Nuclear arms control

Advocating at various levels of national and international governance for nuclear disarmament
Nuclear arms control

Nine years after the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japanese Christians presented a peace petition at the WCC assembly in Evanston, United States, 1954. The Assembly appealed to governments of the world to prohibit all weapons of mass destruction and to abstain from aggression.

Churches engaged for nuclear arms control

The WCC raises ecumenical concerns and advocates at various levels of national and international governance for nuclear disarmament, control of the spread of other weapons of mass destruction, and accountability under the international rule of law, and fulfilment of treaty obligations.

Over the coming period, the Council's nuclear disarmament advocacy will focus on the Middle East and Asia; it includes collaboration with the Vatican, other faiths and civil society groups.

It urges churches to follow up on the Ninth Assembly Minute on Nuclear Arms and the Tenth Assembly Statement on the Way of Just Peace with their governments, and supports them with advocacy letters, background information and study materials.

Participating churches and councils receive advice and develop new contacts to support regional, national, local or civil society actions, including inter-religious initiatives.

Related News

Joint interfaith statement calls for rejection of nuclear weapons

Joint interfaith statement calls for rejection of nuclear weapons

On 6 August, a “Joint Interfaith Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” was released, reaffirming the existential threat to humanity that nuclear weapons pose.

WCC to observe 75th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

WCC to observe 75th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 2020 will mark 75 years since the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki - attacks which devastated those cities and killed or injured several hundred thousands of people. Many more suffered for years afterwards, from having been exposed to the deadly radiation released into the air and water on those days.

Pacific people often marginalised in discussions on nuclear testing

Pacific people often marginalised in discussions on nuclear testing

World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Human Rights and Disarmament Jennifer Philpot-Nissen told a parliamentary standing committee in Fiji that victims of nuclear testing in the Pacific are often marginalized, and the consequences of the testing in the region have largely remained invisible and unaddressed by the wider world.