The Jaume I warn of the "devastating" threat of nuclear weapons in Ukraine

The juries of the Jaume I Awards, among which there are twenty Nobel Prize winners, demand "after more than three months of atrocities" in Ukraine the "immediate negotiation of a ceasefire" and the commitment to "never use nuclear weapons that would lead to to the total devastation of human life on the planet.”

In a manifesto made public before the deliberation of the winners in each of the six categories of the Prize, the juries have demanded the withdrawal from the territories occupied by Russia since February 24 and reparations for the damage caused, together with the commitment of the obligation to submit all scientific advances “to uses that respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

Like every year, the juries pronounce themselves on issues of great significance or current affairs in society, and in this thirty-fourth edition it coincides with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Today, after more than three months of atrocities committed in an unequal and unfair confrontation that not only destroys the territory, families, innocent people and compromises a possible energy and food crisis in the world, the juries adhere even more strongly to the declaration of March 2022”, they affirm in the document.

It adds that on March 7, more than 168 Nobel laureates in Science, Economics, Literature and Peace -including 40 laureates who have been part of the award jury- signed an appeal for peace in a statement that it condemned invasion and war, as well as the threat of resorting to the use of nuclear weapons.

It also demanded that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, respect international law agreements and ordered him to withdraw his armed forces and start negotiations that would lead to the establishment of peace.

This year, the signatories of this declaration "reiterate the obligation to submit all scientific advances to uses that respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and demand the immediate negotiation of a ceasefire, the withdrawal of the occupied territories and reparations of the damage inflicted, together with the commitment never to use nuclear weapons that would lead to the total devastation of human life on the planet”.

At the end of the reading of the declaration, the six meetings have begun, one for each award category, to decide the winners in Basic Research, Economics, Medical Research, Environmental Protection, New Technologies and Entrepreneurship.

This Tuesday, starting at 1:30 p.m. and in an act at the Palau de la Generalitat Valenciana chaired by Ximo Puig, the names of the winners of the edition of these awards will be announced.

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