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USA group to Norway to attend Nobel peace prize conference

Northampton activists travel to Norway to attend Nobel peace prize conference, lobby for nuclear disarmament agreement, Mass LiveDec 8, By Lucas Ropek

NORTHAMPTON – Northampton area activists traveled to Norway Thursday to attend the Nobel Peace Prize conference in Oslo, hoping to use the trip as an opportunity to promote a nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

Jeff Napolitano, the Executive Director of The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, and Sabine Merz, who sits on the Center’s Board of Directors, will stay in Oslo for a week.

The Resistance Center was born out of the Northampton chapter of the American Friends Service Committee that closed earlier this year, and focuses on promoting a progressive agenda locally and globally.

Napolitano and Merz hope to use the conference as an opportunity to participate in a conversation about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, an international agreement supported by 122 United Nations (UN) member states that, if adopted, would be a legally binding means of banning nuclear weapons throughout the world.

The treaty is the result of years of activism on the part of a coalition of countries pushing for disarmament, according to the activists. Much of the work was accomplished by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which is being awarded the Nobel peace prize for its work in establishing the treaty. …….

The U.S. has so far declined to sign the ICAN treaty and the U.S. ambassador has also declined to attend the Oslo conference, said Napolitano.


December 9, 2017 - Posted by | USA, weapons and war

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