We inhabit a world where nearly half of the population- more than 3 billion people- live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty- less than $1.25 a day. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.
At the same time we are busy developing and testing nuclear weapons at great costs. According to Russ Wellen of Focal Point Blog “The controversial, so-called fifth generation fighter, the F-35, still in development, is slated to cost from $114 to $142 million per unit in early stages of production. The B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber costs a min-boggling $2.2 billion. It is capable of carrying 40,000 pounds of bombs, including nuclear.”
Equally, the testing of nuclear weapons has devastating effects on human life and the environment. The United Nations stated that “Hindsight and history have shown us the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of the far more powerful and destructive nuclear weapons that exist today. The human and environmental tragedies that are the result of nuclear testing are compelling reasons for the need to observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests.”
In 1996 the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was adopted as the international instrument to put an end to all forms of nuclear tests. On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35.
Considering the negative consequences; the time, energy and funds used in developing nuclear weapons, destined only at the destruction of human beings, should be used to boost our overall efforts geared towards alleviating poverty, diseases etc. around the world.
The All Africa Students Union (AASU) calls for the reorientation of our energies and knowledge to wipe out poverty, diseases, ignorance etc. from the face of the world instead of people.
We, unreservedly, condemn all forms of nuclear testing and call for their end. In the midst of these challenges, AASU, once again, urges Africans particularly our leaders to work relentlessly to unite the continent economically, politically, culturally and socially. That is only way the African continent can have a say and weight in international decision-making processes.
AASU calls on all its member and friendly organizations not to spare effort to educate and advocate the necessity of banning nuclear weapon tests.
Let us, all together, work for a safer world!
All for a free-nuclear weapons world!
All Africa Students Union (AASU)