A representative of the Dai Dong condemned nuclear proliferation and international war preparations on Friday (9 June) in a speech at the United Nations Environment Conference in Stockholm.
GTV Dai Dong representative speaking (USE SILENT)
SCU Speaker (SOUND)
REPRESENTATIVE: "The production, accumulation and trade in armaments of all kinds--nuclear, conventional and innovative--places an overwhelming economic burden on rich and poor nations alike. Military technology, being such a large part of industrial activity, particularly in economically-developed countries, is a major source of global pollution and resource depletion. Thus, war and preparation for war are both directly related to environmental problems. With nuclear proliferation, both civil and military, the environmental hazard has become increasingly critical, arms control more difficult and nuclear war more probable. The enormous sums consumed in military expenditures must be applied directly to the task of global redistribution and environmental improvement. As long as we tolerate this waste and the destructiveness of war itself, we cannot achieve the stable environment on which the survival of us depends."
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Background: A representative of the Dai Dong condemned nuclear proliferation and international war preparations on Friday (9 June) in a speech at the United Nations Environment Conference in Stockholm. The Dai Dong describe themselves as a voluntary, non-governmental movement committed to the creation of a world community able to act in ways genuinely relevant to current world conditions.
The Dai Dong, sponsored by the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, are opposed to certain aspects of the Stockholm conference, feeling that it misses the point in some areas. The speaker representing the organisation in one of the few non-government personalities who've been allowed to speak at the conference.
The Dai Dong representative said that military technology is a major source of pollution and resource depletion.
In another issue, the people's Republic of China on Saturday (10 June), launched its fiercest attack upon American activities in Indochina since the February Peking summit and demanded a strong condemnation from the conference. But Chief Delegation Tang Ke didn't make clear whether his government wanted the condemnation of American ecological warfare included in the declaration of environmental principles upon which the success of the conference largely rests.