PNND Update

Dear friends,

On March 28, PNND sent an Open Letter to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, commending this high-level process to secure nuclear materials and prevent nuclear terrorism, and calling on a similar high-level effort for nuclear disarmament.
The Open Letter, endorsed by  PNND Co-Presidents and Council members, was sent to the Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of the 53 countries attending the Summit.

PNND also sent the leaders A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Our Common Good, a joint statement of parliamentarians, mayors and religious leaders from around the world. See Parliamentarians support 4th Nuclear Security Summit: Call for high-level process for nuclear disarmament.
World leaders at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit
PNND has already received replies from some of the leaders – including a letter from Sweden Foreign Minister Margot Wallström highlighting the importance of nuclear disarmament, listing some of the actions being taken by Sweden and affirming the positive role of PNND in building international cooperation and diplomacy to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.

Nuclear disarmament at the Summit

A number of leaders at the Summit highlighted the importance of nuclear disarmament in their statements. This included Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and the United States of America.
The reaffirmation of deterrence doctrines, modernization plans and long-term investments in nuclear weapons programs also serve to undermine the legitimacy of the non-proliferation and disarmament regime. These trends pose serious challenges to nuclear security initiatives.
Brazil statement to the Nuclear Security Summit

'The most dangerous nuclear material remains in nuclear weapons programmes, not subject to international controls or transparency.  It remains our view that the greatest possible contribution to global nuclear security will be complete and verifiable nuclear disarmament.' 
New Zealand statement to the Nuclear Security Summit
The Explosion, by Karipbek Kuyukov, presented to President Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit
Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev also took the opportunity to present U.S. President Obama with an anti-nuclear painting by Karipbek Kuyukov, a second generation victim of nuclear tests and the Honorary Ambassador of The Atom Project, which was launched at the PNND Assembly in Kazakhstan in August 2012.

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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