A warning from 100 Nobel prize winners.
It cannot be expected, therefore, that in all cases they will be content to await the beneficence of the rich. If then we permit the devastating power of modern weaponry to spread through this combustible human landscape, we invite a conflagration that can engulf both rich and poor. The only hope for the future lies in cooperative international action, legitimized by democracy.
It is time to turn our backs on the unilateral search for security, in which we seek shelter behind walls. Instead, we must persist in the quest for united action to counter both global warming and a weaponized world.
These twin goals will constitute vital components of stability as we move toward the wider degree of social justice that alone gives hope of peace.
Some of the needed legal instruments are already at hand, such as the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Convention on Climate Change, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaties, and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. As concerned citizens, we urge all governments to commit to these goals that constitute steps on the way to replacement of war by law.
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel laureate, economics, 2001
Herbert Kroemer, Nobel laureate, physics, 2000
Guenter Blobel, Nobel laureate, physiology/medicine, 1999
Horst L. Stormer, Nobel laureate, physics, 1998
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Nobel laureate, physics, 1997
Peter C. Doherty, Nobel laureate, physiology/medicine, 1996
Paul J. Crutzen, Nobel laureate, chemistry, 1995
Bertram N. Brockhouse, Nobel laureate, physics, 1994
Joseph H. Taylor, Nobel laureate, physics, 1993
Edmond H. Fischer, Nobel laureate, physiology/medicine, 1992
Richard R. Ernst, Nobel laureate, chemistry, 1991
Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Nobel laureate, peace, 1990
His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Nobel laureate, peace, 1989
Robert Huber, Nobel laureate, chemistry, 1988
Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nobel laureate, peace, 1987
Dudley R. Herschbach, Nobel laureate, chemistry, 1986
Klaus von Klitzing, Nobel laureate, physics, 1985
And 85 other Nobel prize winners including recipients from every year between 1972 and 2001. The statement was issued at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium on the 100th anniversary of the Nobel prize, in Oslo, Norway.
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|Date:||May 1, 2002|
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