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British American Security Information Council FEBRUARY 1, 2010 - by Brian Eno & others
DECLARATION OF SUPPORT FOR THE GLOBAL DISARMAMENT AGENDA
Visions for a New Century
Brian Eno hosted this event on behalf of BASIC and the Ploughshares Fund on February 1, at which people joined together to sign a declaration of support for the global disarmament agenda, which was sent to the White House and Downing Street. The text and list of signatories is below:
Open Letter to President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown -
The global challenges of the twenty-first century, such as climate change and global poverty, demand cooperative solutions. But effective collective action is stymied by cynicism, mutual distrust and systemic inequities. This is most clearly illustrated by the Cold War legacy of nuclear weapons possession and the threat of mutual nuclear annihilation. We are greatly encouraged by the statements of intent from world leaders to move decisively towards a world free of nuclear weapons. This is necessary to avoid the otherwise inevitable proliferation of nuclear weapons, and their acquisition by terrorist organisations. It is also necessary if we are to effectively tackle the many other very pressing global challenges, which the world has to date been unable to address effectively. We are hopeful that you and other world leaders will follow-through on the global nuclear disarmament agenda during 2010, but are conscious that this will take the support of a critical mass of informed public opinion. We urge you to follow through on your statements and your convictions, to resist the anachronistic voices of caution that mislead us into thinking the status quo is an option, and we offer what assistance we can to support this agenda.
SIGNED: Brian Eno, Rory Bremner, Des Browne, Stephen Frears, Julian Borger, Julian Rhind Tutt, Vanessa Branson, William Sieghart, Mark Fitzpatrick, Phil Harvey, Seb Rochford, Sophie Fiennes, Ashley Biles, Bevis Gillet, Carol Naughton, Catherine Dempsey, Clare Ellen, Henry Parham, Imran Tyabji, Isabel Bass, James Thorthon, Jamie Campbell, John Brown, Claudia Brown, Monika Studel, Will Hammonds