The Geneva-based head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons delivers the 2021 Red Cross Oration.
Seventy-five years have passed since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For seventy-five years, the survivors of these bombings have been calling for the elimination of the heinous weapons that destroyed their cities. And for seventy-five years we have been incredibly lucky that we have not suffered another Hiroshima or another Nagasaki. The risk of the use of nuclear weapons is as high as it has ever been - and the threat continues to grow. We know that there is no medical response capacity to address the humanitarian catastrophe of a nuclear explosion. The only solution is to eliminate nuclear weapons. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons provides that pathway to a safer and more secure world. It is urgent that all countries sign and ratify this landmark accord for global security and the survival of humanity.