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The Non-Aligned Movement has now submitted a second resolution that will keep the issue alive in the UN for the next two years. ICBUW had hoped that the text would call for a moratorium but the political will is not there yet, particularly in a majority of NATO member states.
We need you and your member groups to contact your elected representatives and Foreign Ministries with a request that they support this resolution. The First Committee vote will be early in November, the General Assembly vote a month later. The resolution is entitled: A/C.1/63/L.26 Effects of the use of armaments and munitions containing depleted uranium.
For a full copy of the text and more background please scroll down.
Last year many states were unprepared for the resolution and it passed with a huge majority, this year DU users and producers have been piling on the pressure so the outcome is far less assured. People power can make a huge difference to this campaign and now is the time to apply it.
I have written a model letter for you to use below, although if you can add to and alter it to make it your own please do so.
I am deeply concerned about the continued use of conventional weapons containing uranium. Because of their long-term impact on human health and the environment I believe they breach the basic norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions.
The United Nations First Committee will vote on a resolution calling for further research on the issue at the start of November and I firmly believe that our country should support it.
While detailed epidemiological evidence from areas where these weapons have been used is still being gathered, the vast majority of in-vitro studies suggest that uranium weapons constitute a long-term hazard to the military and civilians alike. The evidence is already strong enough to support swift action under the Precautionary Principle - if this was an issue of consumer or domestic environmental safety they would already be banned.
The weapons are already banned in Belgium and in May this year 94% of MEPs backed a resolution calling for a global moratorium on their use. Therefore I urge you to support A/C.1/63/L.26 ' Effects of the use of armaments and munitions containing depleted uranium' at the UN First Committee and the General Assembly.
For a full copy of the text and more background please visit: http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/a/198.html
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