FemLINKPACIFIC calls on Pacific Islands governments to commit to world denuclearization

FemLINKPACIFIC, an organization that provides voices to women throughout the Pacific region, called on the governments of the Pacific Islands on Saturday to continue to emphasize the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

The organization said that the governments that are State Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, including Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Palau, should reiterate the human costs of nuclear weapons. FemLINKPACIFIC said the region continues to bear the impact of the use and testing of nuclear weapons.

"We need Pacific Island governments to continue to link this to the commitments they have made already to conflict prevention and human security because this is an issue that affects not only governments, but each and every citizen of our region when it comes to the management of and access to natural resources which will exacerbate current challenges including climate change," FemLINKPACIFIC said. "Civil society has a crucial role to play, side-by-side with governments. This is about a collective commitment to future generations to work together to rid our world of the threat posed by nuclear weapons."

FemLINKPACIFIC made the recommendation ahead of the U.N. General Assembly First Committee in New York. The organization is a member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

FemLINKPACIFIC also urged Pacific Island Member States to call for negotiations on a legal instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, express concern at the catastrophic humanitarian harm caused by nuclear weapons and express the intention to participate at a conference in Nayarit, Mexico.