December 21, 2023
Dear NAPF Community,
For NAPF and for so many around the world, 2023 has been a year of loss. Just two weeks ago, we lost our co-founder and President Emeritus, Dr. David Krieger, whose light shone brightly and whose inspiring legacy continues to drive the mission and work of the Foundation. As we mourn David’s passing, we also look to celebrating his life by continuing to spread his message of the imperative of peace in the nuclear age and the necessity of nuclear abolition.
Other dear friends of NAPF have also left us this year, including Ben Ferencz, Daisaku Ikeda, Daniel Ellsberg, and Harry Belafonte. We turn to their work and their words in these challenging times for our world to seek inspiration and strength. As we also mourn the loss of lives, most especially children, from Ukraine to Syria, Israel, and Gaza, through the Sahel and beyond, we search for common ground with our fellow human beings.
One glimmer of hope in these trying times has been the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The Second Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW took place just a few weeks ago at the United Nations in New York and NAPF was an active participant. Please see below for our statements, events, and more at this important meeting. In 2024, NAPF will continue to focus on promoting and furthering the implementation of this historic treaty and on our nuclear justice work, especially through the UN Resolution, put forward by the Republics of Kazakhstan and Kiribati and adopted this fall. In between, we will write, give interviews, empower and educate young people through internships and our youth initiative Reverse the Trend, and hold events virtually and around the globe, including an event on March 14 in Santa Barbara, to celebrate David Krieger’s legacy. Save the date!
If you have supported our work this year, thank you! We couldn’t have done it without you! And if you haven’t, please consider making even a small donation to support our efforts. One small donation may not make a big difference, but many of them would!
I hope that being with loved ones will bring you peace and joy this holiday season and send all my best wishes for a healthful and more peaceful 2024.