World Disarmament Conference

29 July 1965

The 16th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 26-31 July, 1965 in The Hague, Holland:

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,

Having declared for 50 years that war is a ruinous course for humanity:

Recognizing the qualitative change in the conception of war posed by the nuclear weapons, and its potential for mass destruction;

Alarmed by the geometric progression of this threat in a multi-nuclear world;

Aware that the method and pace of disarmament negotiations up to now do not correspond to new realities;

Convinced that no ideological difference should be allowed to serve as a pretext for excluding certain states from participating in the crucial decisions of mankind;

Support the recommendation of the UN Disarmament Commission to the 20th General Assembly that it convene a world conference on disarmament open to all sates without exception, and urge that such a conference assess all initiatives thus far offered particularly those dealing with the prohibition of weapons of mass-destruction, establish clear guidelines, formulate concrete proposals, and approve in the most solemn terms, an agreement leading to general and complete disarmament.