Petition to the Governments of the USA, USSR, Great Britain, France, China and India (Copies sent to all governments of UN Member States)
18 July 1974
The 19th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 17-20 July, 1974 in Birmingham, England:
For twelve years representatives of leading Nations have discussed the question of disarmament, but testing of nuclear devices, both atmospheric and underground continues. More atrocious weapons are perfected, and more Nations strive to become nuclear powers.
Gravely concerned at the failure of the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament to arrive at meaningful decisions to protect mankind from the incalculable results of atomic war:
We, the undersigned, urgently call upon the Governments of the USA, USSR, Great Britain, France, China and India to:
Stop immediately all nuclear tests, whether for weaponry or for peaceful purposes, and to reject the Threshold Ban Agreement which restricts testing beyond 150 kilotons, 7 1/2 times the Hiroshima bomb. We call on the governments of the USA and USSR to rescind this agreement, and on all Nations to work for the conclusion of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty:
to halt, simultaneously, the development and manufacture of new weapons and an increase in present stockpiles;
to follow up these genuine steps to disarmament by a declaration to abstain from using existing stockpiles and to conclude an early agreement for their destruction;
to support the conference of all governments with a view to imposing a world-wide ban on research, manufacture and use of nuclear weaponry and other agents of mass destruction.