2015 Adopted Resolution

The U.S. Conference of Mayors
83rd Annual Meeting
June 19-22, 2015
San Francisco

Calling for Effective Implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Disarmament Obligation Redirection of Nuclear Weapons Spending to Meet the Needs of Cities

WHEREAS , August 6 and 9, 2015 will mark the 70 th anniversaries ofthe United States atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and

WHEREAS , in January 2015 The Bulleting of the Atomic Scientistsmoved the hands of its Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight citing the ?extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continuedexistence of humanity:? posed by ?unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear arsenals,? andfailure of world leaders to act; and

WHEREAS , according to the Congressional Budget Office, over thenext decade the U.S. plans to spend $348 billion to maintain andmodernize its nuclear forces; and

WHEREAS , at the conclusion of the 2010 Nuclear Non-ProliferationTreaty Review Conference, the U.S. and the other nuclear-weapon statesreaffirmed their ?unequivocal undertaking?to accomplish the totalelimination of their nuclear arsenals? pursuant to Article VI of the Treaty, and agreed to ?convene a conference in 2012?on the establishment of aMiddle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of massdestruction;? and

WHEREAS, Mayors for Peace continues to aim for the globalelimination of nuclear weapons by 2020, and its membership has grownto 6,706 cities in 160 countries, with 204 U.S. cities; and

WHEREAS , the needs of America?s cities can only be met by adoptingnew priorities to create a just and sustainable economy, infrastructureand environment, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED , that the U.S. Conferenceof Mayors calls on the President and Congress to reduce nuclear weaponsspending to the minimum necessary to assure the safety and security of the existing weapons as they await disablement and dismantlement, andto direct those funds to address the pressing needs of cities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED , that the U.S. Conference of Mayorsreaffirms its call on the U.S. government to support commencement of aprocess to negotiate the global prohibition and elimination of nuclearweapons, and calls on the United Nations to affirm that plans and preparations to use nuclear weapons constitute a threat to the peace; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED , that the U.S. Conference of Mayorsexpresses its support for the successful conclusion of negotiations withIran on a comprehensive nuclear deal and urges the U.S. government tosupport the convening of a conference on establishing a Middle East Zone free of weapons of mass destruction at the earliest possible date;and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED , that the U.S. Conference of Mayorsreaffirms its support for Mayors for Peace and its ?2020 Vision? andjoins Mayors for Peace in urging the policymakers of the world, especially from nuclear-armed states, to visit the atomic bombed citiesof Hiroshima and Nagasaki as soon as possible to see the reality of theatomic bombings for themselves and listen to the survivors? appeal forpeace and disarmament.

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