PNND Update

PNND Council member Federica Mogherini nominated for Arms Control Person of the Year

Dear friends,

Voting is now open for the 2015 Arms Control Person of the Year, which is organised by the prestigious Arms Control Association, based in the USA. Anyone can vote.

The nominees include Federica Mogherini, PNND Council Member since 2010 and the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy since 2014.

Federica has been nominated, jointly with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, for negotiating the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).The deal establishes mechanisms to block Iran from producing or acquiring material for nuclear weapons, and for detecting and deterring possible efforts by Iran to covertly pursue nuclear weapons in the future. In return nuclear-related sanctions against Iran are being lifted.

Other nominees:

  • Albert Augusto, director of Mozambique’s National Demining Institute for coordinating the clearance of landmines from the territory of Mozambique;
  • The National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) of Tanzania for the capture and arrest of ivory poachers and smugglers;
  • Former Moldovan police investigator Constantin Malic, his fellow investigators, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation for their efforts to halt the smuggling of nuclear material;
  • The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) for its investigative work in Syria  which has established the critical facts regarding the ongoing use of chemical weapons by combatants in the conflict
  • The United States Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) for introducing the Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and Safety of Maritime Navigation Act (H.R. 1056) on February 25 and later attaching the legislation to the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048), which was signed into law by the President on June 2;
  • The World Medical Association and the American Medical Association for their 2015 statements warning "that even a limited nuclear war would bring about immense human suffering and substantial death toll together with catastrophic effects on the earth’s ecosystem;
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry for raising attention to the risk of renewed nuclear weapons competition and calling for restraint;
  • Setsuko Thurlow and the Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for their unyielding dedication to sharing first hand accounts of the catastrophic and inhumane effects of nuclear weapons.
PNND encourages you to vote for your choice. Click here to vote.

Yours sincerely

Alyn Ware
Alyn Ware
PNND Global Coordinator
On behalf of the PNND Coordinating Team

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