[Dateline: New York | Author: DPI]
The WMD-WeMustDisarm campaign is going full steam. Daily messages, better known as "tweets", on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are being issued on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. The tweets give reasons for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, plus “tiny urls” that lead followers to background material, video, statements and articles on the issues.
Disarmament is the theme for this year's International Day of Peace and a top priority for the Secretary-General, who issued the first 10 tweets to kick start the campaign.
On Friday, DPI launched the WMD web site in all six official languages. The site has a link to the WMD declaration which all UN staff members can use to motivate friends, communities and others to sign to show support for the Secretary-General's message to mark the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace.
There is also a text box where visitors can contribute reasons that "We Must Disarm." DPI intends to share these messages with world leaders when they come to UN Headquarters for the opening session of the 64th General Assembly in September.
All are encouraged to participate in and promote the campaign. Start with your colleagues; email NGOs and, friends, media, youth and civil society members.
Joining the Secretary-General in promoting the campaign are, United Nations Messenger of Peace and Academy Award-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas, who has championed the cause of disarmament for the United Nations since 1998; and Rainn Wilson, featured actor in the American television comedy, The Office, who has more than one million followers on Twitter.
In his message last month to mark the 100-day countdown, the Secretary-General said, “As we observe the International Day of Peace with world leaders gathered in New York for the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, I will proclaim one strong, simple message: We Must Disarm!”
The Secretary-General will observe this year’s Day of Peace on 18 September, due to the Eid holiday on 21 September. To support the Secretary-General’s campaign please see below links to the WMD web site in all six official languages and "We Must Disarm" campaign on social networking sites.
WMD web site
WeMustDisarm campaign on social networking sites