In a joint statement released yesterday 57 members of the World Future Council and recipients of the Right Livelihood Award called on governments to take action on nuclear risk reduction and disarmament in order to assure a sustainable future. “The 14,000 nuclear weapons possessed by nine nuclear-armed States pose an existential threat to humanity and to future generations,” said Maria Fernanda Espinosa, a Member of the World Future Council and President of the 73rd UN General Assembly, explaining that “nuclear weapons are useless in addressing the pandemic, consume financial and human resources required to stabilize the climate and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. While fellow member, and former US Defense Department consultant on nuclear war-plans, Daniel Ellsberg, explained that “Trump’s departure and a Democratic House and Senate challenges us to press Joe Biden to go far beyond the Obama administration, let alone Trump’s, in reducing risks of nuclear war”.