A two-day conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons has started at Vienna’s Hofburg palace today with the opening statements by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebestian Kurz, UN High commissioner for disarmament Angela Kane, President of International Committee of Red Cross Peter Maurer, 1945 Hiroshima bombing survivor Setsuko Thurlow, and Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi.
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz stated at the opening of the third conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons that as long as nuclear weapons exist, the risk of their use on purpose or accidentally also exists.
Kurz stressed that nuclear weapons have become an abstract concept since the end of Cold War, yet the risk of its use exists as the international community has stalled the process of nuclear disarmament.
“After the Cold War, most people stopped worrying about nuclear weapons. But this is fundamentally wrong,” Kurz said.
“It is now high time to move from the words to real action,” Kurz said, expressing hope that the conference in Vienna will become a stepping stone toward a world without nuclear weapons.
According to the conference’s organization committee, 16,300 nuclear weapons still exist in nine nuclear armed states nearly 25 years after the of the cold war. The Vienna conference, scheduled for December 8-9 at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, is aimed at promoting nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.