If You Love This Planet

Delegates, NGO colleagues, dear friends. I never thought I would see this moment. I would like to share my gratitude for the
exceptional work and dedication of everyone who has put their brains and their hearts
into these treaty negotiations. I am grateful to you, Madam President, for
your leadership, and the UN secretariat, the delegations and NGOs devoted to moving
us ever closer to the goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons. As we gather in our celebration at this extraordinary
achievement, let us pause for a moment to feel the witness of those who perished in
Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Both at that time in August 1945, and over
these 72 years, hundreds of thousands of people. Each person who died had a name. Each person was loved by someone. I’ve been waiting for this day for seven
decades. And I am overjoyed that it has finally arrived. This is the beginning of the end of nuclear
weapons! I remember back in 2014 when many of us met
in Nayarit, Mexico. The conference chair said: “This is the
point of no return.” We will not return to failed nuclear deterrence
policies. We will not return to funding nuclear violence
instead of human needs. We will not return to irreversibly contaminating
our environment. We will not continue to risk the life of future
generations. To the leaders of the countries across the world,
I beseech you: if you love this planet, you will sign this treaty. Nuclear weapons have always been immoral. Now they are also illegal. Together, let us go forth and change the world.


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