Michael Douglas praises work of scholars in fight against nuclear weapons

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The work of academics and scholars is crucial in the fight against nuclear weapons, according to UN Messenger of Peace and Academy Award-winning actor, Michael Douglas.

Mr Douglas was at UN Headquarters on Tuesday attending an event held in connection with the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The research and work of scholars will allow the international community to come closer to a world free of nuclear weapons.

That's according to Michael Douglas, who has served as a UN Messenger of Peace since 1998, and helps raise awareness about the importance of ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

This year, he highlighted the role that academics play to move beyond what he called "entrenched military doctrines".

Your research allows us to consider many possibilities for moving beyond entrenched military doctrines or seemingly fixed political positions. Your scholarship inspires debate. Your teaching fosters understanding. And with understanding, we can challenge the fears that allow nuclear weapons to be used to intimidate, coerce and control.

Mr Douglas also shared that growing up during the Cold War, he was routinely reminded of the threat of nuclear weapons.

But he said the threat posed today is no less important than it was during his childhood.

There may be fewer nuclear weapons but they are more powerful and sophisticated than ever before, he added.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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