Fifty years ago, at the height of the Cold War,  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer broadcast worldwide via radio his "Declaration of Conscience" that called for an end to nuclear testing and for the destruction of nuclear weapons.

The Albert Schweitzer Institute is one of the world's leaders in recognizing this anniversary, and invites you to read some interesting material related to it.

Written by Albert Schweitzer:

A Declaration of Conscience
This is the original statement by Schweitzer regarding the nuclear danger which was broadcast worldwide on April 24, 1957.

The Renunciation of Nuclear Tests
"It is high time to realize that the question of continuing or ceasing nuclear tests is an urgent matter for international law. Mankind is imperiled by the tests. Mankind insists that they stop, and has every right to do so," Schweitzer says in another statement.

Written by David Taylor Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute:

Schweitzer’s Word: A 20th-century moral argument against 21st-century nuclear politics
A soon-to-be published commentary by Ives.

World Watch
A transcript of the recent radio address by Ives regarding the 50th anniversary of Schweitzer's statement.

Back to top