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PNND Update


Dear friends,

On January 26, the hands of the Doomsday Clock were moved to 2.5 minutes to midnight - 30 seconds closer to annihilation.

The Doomsday Clock, is  an indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change and new technologies. The risks of these have increased as tensions rise between nuclear-armed States.

In addition 'words have been used by a president-elect of the United States in cavalier and often reckless ways to address the threats of nuclear weapons and climate change,' according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists which announced the clock's new setting at a press conference in Washington DC.
Members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announce the new setting for the 'Doomsday Clock'.

PNND Consultation in Washington DC


Meanwhile, a few blocks away in Washington DC on the same day as the Doomsday Clock announcement, PNND and UNFOLD ZERO held a consultation with arms control experts and disarmament activists on how to reduce nuclear risks and advance nuclear disarmament.

The meeting was part of a series of consultations in Geneva, Vienna, New York, Washington, London and other centres, focusing on upcoming multilateral processes, including United Nations negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, the resumption of the Non-Proliferation Treaty review cycle and the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

Points highlighted in the consultation were the importance of building cooperation between different constituencies, highlighting ‘pocket book issues’ (like nuclear weapons spending) and promoting cooperative security as an alternative to nuclear deterrence.

These are key messages in 'A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Our Common Good' the joint statement of mayors, parliamentarians and religious leaders, which we plan to present to the United Nations to support nuclear disarmament initiatives. Please contact us if you would like to endorse the statement.

UNFOLD ZERO consultation in Washington DC hosted by Green Cross International

3DnukeMissile


Public education and action will be critical for any multilateral nuclear disarmament initiative to succeed. PNND is therefore active on a range of public education initiatives including the 3DnukeMissile.

On January 23, PNND, UNFOLD ZERO and World Future Council displayed the 3DnukeMissile in front of the United Nations in Geneva. This coincided with the opening of the 2017 session of the Conference on Disarmament, at which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke passionately about the abolition of nuclear weapons and the role of the United Nations.

The following day PNND and UNFOLD ZERO hosted a consultation in Geneva on UN nuclear disarmament negotiations. This coincided with the anniversary of the very first resolution of the United Nations which set forth the goal of nuclear abolition.
3DnukeMissile in front of the United Nations in Geneva

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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