PNND Update

Dear friends,

Have you endorsed A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World Our Common Good, a joint statement of parliamentarians, mayors and religious leaders?

In September last year, Religions for Peace, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and Mayors for Peace presented the joint statement  to the President of the UN General Assembly in order to support nuclear disarmament proposals – in particular the one to establish a United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament (OEWG). The statement was endorsed by influential legislators and religious leaders from around the world.

The proposal to establish the OEWG was subsequently adopted by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly.
Now that the OEWG is about to start its substantive sessions, Religions for Peace, PNND and Mayors for Peace are gathering additional endorsements. We will then present the statement to the OEWG in the week of Feb 22-26.

Please endorse the joint statement if you have not already done so. (The statement is available in Arabic, English, French , German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.). 

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Religions for Peace, Mayors for Peace and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament meeting to finalise the Joint Statement. Senator Abacca Anjain Maddison (Marshall Islands) is speaking.

OEWG and the Joint Statement - some quotes

Nearly 16,000 nuclear weapons remain in the world’s arsenals costing $100 billion annually – funds that could instead be used to implement the Sustainable Development Goals,’ said PNND Co-President Saber Chowdhury MP, who also serves as President of the Inter Parliamentary Union. ‘We reaffirm UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s description of the abolition of nuclear weapons as a “common good of the highest order.”

“We join together to highlight the continuing risks of a nuclear catastrophe – whether by accident, miscalculation or intent – and the moral and security imperative to achieve nuclear abolition
," said Dr William Vendley, Secretary-General of Religions for Peace. "The Open Ended Working Group is where this imperative can be implemented through dialogue, diplomacy and determination."

“The risks and catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons are unacceptable," said PNND Co-President Senator Laura Rojas, Chair of the Mexican Senate Committee on External Relations and International Organisations. "Diplomacy has worked to prevent nuclear proliferation in Iran and to establish nuclear-weapon-free zones in other regions. Now we must use diplomacy to abolish nuclear weapons globally."

"The experience of Hiroshima reminds us of why nuclear weapons must be abolished," said Mr Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima and President of Mayors for Peace. "The international community must come together at the Open Ended Working Group to start the collective process for world-wide nuclear disarmament. There must be no more Hibakusha (nuclear victim) at any time.”

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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