PNND Update

Dear friends,

In this Update we report on actions by PNND members in France, the UK and the US to challenge nuclear weapons spending. We also report on other actions in France, and the appointment of PNND member Stephane Dion to be the Foreign Minister of Canada.
Nuclear weapons and the US Presidential debate
Senator Bernie Sanders, a contender for the Democratic nomination for US president, last week criticized nuclear weapons spending.
Speaking at the Democratic primary debate at Drake University, which was watched around the country by live telecast, Sanders said that ‘We are spending hundreds of billions of dollars maintaining 5,000 nuclear weapons…. The Cold War is over!”

Senators Al Franken, Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey, the three co-sponsors of the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditure (SANE) Act.
Senator Sanders has been active on this issue in the US Senate prior to running for president. He was the second senator to co-sponsor the SANE Act (S.831: Smarter Approach to Nuclear Weapons Expenditure) which was submitted by PNND Co-President Senator Ed Markey to the US Senate during the PNND Assembly in Washington in February 2014.
Jeremy Corbyn and the UK debate on nuclear weapons
Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the UK Labour Party and the Co-Chair of the UK Section of PNND, is elevating the issue of nuclear weapons in the UK media.

Prior to becoming Labour Leader, Corbyn was active on the issue in the UK House of Commons. He  introduced numerous Early Day Motions calling for cancellation of the UK nuclear weapons replacement program, promoting a nuclear weapons convention, supporting the humanitarian impact conferences, promoting a Middle East NWFZ, and most recently supporting the case lodged in the International Court of Justice by Marshall islands against the UK for failure to implement nuclear disarmament obligations.
Jeremy Corbyn speaking for nuclear abolition
Since becoming leader of the UK Labour Party in September 2015, Corbyn has challenged the government's plans to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system, and made controversial statements that if he becomes Prime Minister in 2020, he would instruct the UK’s defence chiefs never to use nuclear weapons.

“I am opposed to the use of nuclear weapons. I am opposed to the holding of nuclear weapons. I want to see a nuclear-free world. I believe it is possible.” 
Jeremy Corbyn: I would never use nuclear weapons if I were PM, The Guardian, 30 September 2015.
This has stimulated questions by the media to UK Prime Minister David Cameron as to whether he would ever authorize the use of nuclear weapons.

Mr Cameron's reply: “If you ... believe like me that Britain should keep the ultimate insurance policy of an independent nuclear deterrent, you have to accept there are circumstances in which its use would be justified
The Rt Hon David Cameron, BBC, 4 October 2015.

PNND member Stéphane Dion becomes Foreign Minister of Canada
Stéphane Dion was appointed as Canada’s new foreign minister following the elections on October 18 which brought the Liberal Party to power.

In a congratulatory letter to Mr Dion, PNND Founding Chair Douglas Roche (Canada) and Global Coordinator Alyn Ware (New Zealand) welcome the aspirations expressed by Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Minister Dion for Canadian foreign relations to be reset in order to play a positive role in the world, especially with regard to democracy, freedom, security and sustainability.

“Canada is a very important country in international affairs, has played a vital role in these issues in the past, and can do so again,” says Douglas Roche.
See PNND member Stéphane Dion appointed as Canada’s Foreign Minister
Stéphane Dion, the new Foreign Minister for Canada
PNND France update
PNND France and Observatoire des armements publish Désarmement et non-prolifération nucléaire: Lettre Parlementaire, an update in French of parliamentary actions and events for nuclear disarmament.

In the most recent editions you can read about PNND Council member François de Rugy MP (Ecology Party) raising questions in the French National Assembly regarding the issue of the French nuclear budget. Also, Dennis Baupin, PNND Member and Vice President of the French National Assembly, participating in the August 6 Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration event in Paris, the French mayors and parliamentarians who endorsed the Joint Statement of Legislators and Religious Leaders for a Nuclear Weapon Free World, and more. 

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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