September 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

September 25th, 2022 - by The Raytheon Nuclear Weapons Campaign & Gorbachev/Shultz Legacy Youth Awards

September 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

The Raytheon Nuclear Weapons Campaign

Webinar with Nuclear Weapons Expert Susi Snyder
Webinar at 2 PM Eastern Time;
Protest and Rally in Cambridge at 5 PM

ACTION: Register for the Webinar!

(September 24, 2022) — This Monday, the Raytheon Nuclear Weapons Campaign will mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons with a webinar featuring nuclear weapons expert and activist Susi Snyder.

Currently the financial sector coordinator for ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Susi will join us live from The Netherlands to discuss her work engaging with and by the financial sector on nuclear weapons issues, in particular focusing on the manufacturers of those weapons like Massachusetts-based Raytheon Technologies.

With two decades of experience working at the intersect between nuclear weapons and human rights she deeply is committed to ridding the world of these weapons of mass destruction and redirecting those hundreds of billions to fund human needs.

Susi has published numerous reports and articles, including Squandered: 2021 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending (2022), 101 investors say no to nuclear weapons (2022) and Perilous Profiteering: The companies building nuclear arsenals and their financial backers (2021). She has been widely published and featured in both legacy and alternative media including Project Syndicate, CNBC, 360 Magazine, Quartz, the Intercept, Huffington Post, US News and World Report, and Democracy Now.

Learn more about Susi’s distinguished background here!

And after the event, we will hold a public standout at 5pm at Fresh Pond, Cambridge to protest Raytheon’s nuclear weapons! Join us if you can!

Paul Shannon and Susan Mirsky are Co-chairs of the Raytheon Nuclear Weapons Campaign.

Voices Gorbachev/Shultz Legacy Youth Awards
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Monday September 26, 2022
11am Pacific Time / 2pm Eastern Time / 8pm Central Europe Tim

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On Monday September 26 — the United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons — we encourage you to join us at the Award Ceremony for the 2022 Voices Gorbachev/Shultz Legacy Youth Award to honour Youth Fusion.

Youth Fusion is receiving the award in recognition of “their leadership in advancing inter-generational cooperation on peace and disarmament, human rights aspects of the nuclear arms race, innovative and interactive methods to engage youth in nuclear disarmament issues, and for building connections and cooperation between peace, nuclear disarmament, climate action and public health.”

Youth Fusion amplifies the voices of youth:
“As the world faces the horrors of climate change, poverty, inequality, degradation and violence around the world, Youth Fusion is organising and amplifying the voices of youth, that need to be heard and heeded if the world is to survive.”
— Ela Gandhi, Co-President of Religions for Peace and grand-daughter of Mahatma Gandhi.

Youth Fusion team leaders using the #3DNukeMissile outside Buchel nuclear weapons base in Germany and at the International Peace Bureau Assembly in Barcelona. The #3DNukeMissile is an inter-active art piece, which helps to educate and engage public in nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament issues and actions.

September 26 Program
•   Introduction to the Voices Gorbachev/Shultz Youth Legacy Award;
•   Excerpt from the video The Bomb: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: a dialogue between George Shultz and Mikhael Gorbachev in 2020;
•   Inspiring examples of youth action and inter-generational cooperation on peace and nuclear disarmament.


  • Bishop William Swing (USA).President Emeritus of United Religions Initiative. Founding MemberVoices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons;
    •   Vanda Proskova (Czech Republic). Vice-Chair, PragueVision Institute for Sustainable SecurityYouth Fusion core team member;
    •   Marzhan Nurzhan (Kazakhstan/Switzerland). Youth Fusion core team member. Deputy-Director, Basel Peace Office.
    •   Michaela Higgins Sørensen (Mozambique/Denmark). PNND Gender, Peace and Security Program Director. Youth Fusion core team member.
     Nico Edwards (Sweden/UK). Youth Fusion core team member. International Relations PhD Student, University of Sussex.
    • Ivan Siluianov (Russia). Youth Fusion team member.

Scottish Parliament Welcomes the Award to Youth Fusion
On August 22, Bill Kidd MSP, supported by 17 additional members of parliament, lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament welcoming the Voices Gorbachev/Shultz Legacy Youth Award being given to Youth Fusion, and commending Youth Fusion for their innovation, hard work, determination and intelligence, and for their growing influence across the age ranges and the international body politic.

The first Voices Youth award went to World Future Council Youth Ambassador, Kehkashan Basu.

About the Award and Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons
Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, which is giving the award to Youth Fusion, is part of United Religions Initiative (URI) the largest grassroots interfaith network in the world: building bridges through working together on practical projects that enhance civil communities and understanding between people of different religious and cultural traditions.

The award continues the nuclear disarmament legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Peace Laureate and former USS.R. President; and George Shultz, former US Secretary of State and co-founder of Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons.

This is the third time that the award has been given. The first Voices Youth Award was bestowed in 2020 upon Kehkashan Basu (now 22 years old), World Future Council Member, President and Founder of Green Hope Foundation and a UN Human Rights Champion who has been named as one of the Top100 SDG Leaders in the world.

The second award was given in 2021 to Sahil Shaha Policy Fellow at the European Leadership Network and former Policy and Outreach Consultant to the Office of the Executive Secretary at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

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