As Nobel peace laureates, we are delighted to congratulate the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its work to eliminate chemical weapons and the resulting Nobel peace prize.
We believe that today’s announcement provides more evidence that momentum is indeed building for global disarmament. Citizens worldwide are urging their governments to act. On the part of governments, the recent Arms Trade Treaty and the growing number of states recognizing the need to ban nuclear weapons are powerful reminders that nations can rise above national interests in the interests of our shared future. People from all walks of life are coming together to also address new dangers on the horizon. The recently launched Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is an initiative of civil society around the globe to prevent the development of yet more weapons of mass destruction.
This year’s prize is proof that a small group of people, with a modest budget, can bring about real change. This is an important contribution to eliminating yet another category of weapons of mass destruction. Chemical weapons—along with cluster bombs, landmines, drones so many other senseless weapons—are killing people all over the world, by the thousands. It is time to say stop not just to chemical weapons, but also no to all the many other ways that we as humans destroy each other.
Nonviolence is truly the only legitimate path to ensuring the survival of humankind. As a group of committed and activist Nobel peace laureates, we welcome the opportunity to work with this year’s Nobel peace prize winners and all others who seek alternative paths to violence and senseless killing.