PNND Update

Dear friends,

52 Heads of State will meet in Washington on Mar 31-Apr 1 for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, the 4th in a series of summits which aim to prevent the acquisition of nuclear weapons or bomb-making materials by terrorist organisations.

In an Open Letter released today entitled Sustainable nuclear security requires universal non-proliferation controls and nuclear disarmament measures, PNND Co-Presidents and Council members welcomed the Nuclear Security Summit, but also called on world leaders to undertake a similar high-level process for nuclear disarmament.

The letter notes that
The existence of bomb-grade nuclear materials creates the risk of the fabrication and use of a nuclear weapon or radiological (‘dirty’) bomb. Any such use would have catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences, causing immeasurable suffering. This must be prevented.’

However, ‘only by abolishing nuclear weapons will we eliminate the risk of nuclear weapons being used by a terrorist – or a state – whether by accident, miscalculation or madness.

PNND is sending the Open Letter to all 52 governments participating in the 4th Nuclear Security Summit, along with A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Our Common Good, a joint declaration endorsed by mayors, parliamentarians and religious leaders (click here if you have not endorsed the declaration and would like to do so).

PNND is also sending the two documents to Russia and the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, the two nuclear-armed countries not participating in the Summit.

For more information see
Parliamentarians support 4th Nuclear Security Summit: Call for high-level process for nuclear disarmament.

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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