PNND Update

Dear friends,

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) meeting in Tbilisi last week called on all OSCE States with nuclear weapons or under extended nuclear deterrence relationships to reduce the risks of a nuclear war by taking nuclear weapons off high-alert and by adopting no-first-use policies.

This call was part of the Tbilisi Declaration, which was adopted by the OSCE PA on July 5. The Declaration also highlighted the risks of nuclear confrontation between Russia and NATO, welcomed the UN Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations and supported the commencement of such negotiations in 2017.

The Tbilisi Declaration is significant because the 54 OSCE parliamentary delegations supporting it include nuclear-armed States (France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), all the NATO countries and all the former Soviet countries.

PNND members and staff were instrumental in this achievement. See
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly calls for nuclear weapons stand-down!
PNND Co-President Christine Muttonen is elected as President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

PNND Co-President elected as President of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

On July 5, at the close of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi, PNND Co-President Christine Muttonen was elected to be President of the OSCE PA. In accepting the Presidency, Muttonen highlighted the vital role that parliamentarians can and do play in developing peace and security, especially between countries in conflict.

See Christine Muttonen elected OSCE PA President.

PNND follow-up event at the OSCE PA

On July 4, PNND held a roundtable lunch discussion at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on Reducing nuclear tensions and supporting nuclear disarmament negotiations. The round-table was chaired by Hedy Fry MP (Canada) and included presentations by Paul Dewar (Canada), Margaret Kiener Nellen (Switzerland), Christine Muttonen (Austria) and Jean-Marie Collin (France). Click here to read a short report of the event.

Yours sincerely

Alyn Ware
Alyn Ware
PNND Global Coordinator
On behalf of the PNND Coordinating Team

Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) is a global network of legislators working on a range of initiatives to prevent nuclear proliferation and to achieve a nuclear weapons free world.

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