Less danger through weapons.

 

Disarmament projects are now taking place in an increasingly complex environment and can only succeed if all of the associated problems are resolved. The critical factors include a lack of finance, fears about health and the environment on the part of the citizens and structural changes in society and the economy.

 

The primary goal of the Legacy of Cold War programme is to promote the safe and environmentally-friendly elimination of nuclear and chemical weapons and biological pathogens and the renovation of former military installations. The programme revolves around the comprehensive implementation of arms control and disarmament contracts.

 

The environmental organisation deals with the effects of the military use of nuclear materials on the environment and health and is committed to a global phasing out of nuclear energy. Round tables are planned to further develop the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, focusing on nuclear weapon-free zones in particular.

 

Since the introduction of the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, the disarmament programme has focused on the destruction of chemical weapons through mediation and information work as well as conducting scientific research into regions where chemical weapons are stored and implementing social projects to benefit those affected. Of the 72,531 tonnes of chemical weapons in arsenals, 58,528 tonnes were destroyed by the end of 2013. The chemical weapons disarmament process is therefore off to a good start. Once this challenging and expensive process has been completed, humanity will have disarmed itself of a complete system of weapons of mass destruction for the first time.

 

Studies are currently being carried out in Vieques (Puerto Rico) and the Baltics into the health impacts of this reduction in chemical weapons and conventional munition with the aim of removing and disposing of chemical weapons sunk in the sea.

 

In order to protect the population from biological weapons and epidemics, a pilot project is being conducted to improve the legal requirements relating to the handling of infectious and radioactive waste from laboratories. Freelance weapons experts are being employed to apply their expertise for peaceful purposes. In order to take control of further foreseeable risks, up-and-coming scientists will also be trained in biological weapons safety.

Interested parties, donors, benefactors and advocates have the opportunity to learn more about the Social and Medical Care Programme on the ground. Green Cross Switzerland, in collaboration with Kuoni Travel Services, organises project trips to Vietnam, Japan and the Ukraine.

 

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