100 top experts have signed a letter to U.S. President Obama to express serious concern about severe non-proliferation spending cuts. The letter was signed by two former Members of Congress, other retired generals, sitting State Senators and Representatives and heads of various nongovernmental organizations, among them, Paul Walker, director Green Cross International Environmental Security and Sustainability programme.
The letter originated with the Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. In this letter, they urge Obama to work with the Congress to significantly increase funding for core nuclear security activities during the Fiscal Year 2015.
Even if, significant progress has been made safeguarding nuclear materials and through the Nuclear Security Summit process, the danger of nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists remains high and significant work remains to be done.
Reducing funding for programmes such as Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) and the International Nuclear Materials Protection Program (IMPC) by 25% and 27%, respectively, increases the amount of time it will take to secure or eliminate dangerous materials that could be used by terrorists in an improvised nuclear explosive device or a dirty bomb. Non-proliferation programs must be a top priority and their work is too important to be a bill payer for other activities.
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GCI was founded in 1993 by Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev and is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization advocating and working globally to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and conducts on-the-ground projects in more than 30 countries around the world.