3rd Global Conference on Humanitarian Dimension of Nuclear Weapons, Vienna Dec 8-9

Dear Friends,

Did you see the John Oliver black comedy from the HBO network last month on recent near misses and accidents involving nuclear weapons? Are you concerned about the catastrophic health and environmental consequences of any use of nuclear weapons by accident, miscalculation or intent? Are you concerned that governments and public are not giving enough attention to this critical issue?

Public and government apathy about nuclear dangers is being challenged by a renewed focus on the humanitarian dimension of nuclear weapons. This includes a number of international conferences hosted by concerned governments, the next of which will be in Vienna, December 8-9 2014, hosted by the Austrian government (see Vienna conference).

What you can do?

Come to Vienna

—    Register as a civil society participant (by 21 November) or ask your government to include a parliamentarian (you) on its delegation.

—    Join the parliamentary roundtable to be hosted by the Austrian parliament on December 9, 9:00 – 12:00. Share ideas and action reports with other parliamentarians from around the world.

—    Make a formal statement to the conference during the session for mayors and parliamentarians on December 9, 12:45-13:45.

—    Participate in the civil society forum on Dec 6-7. PNND and Mayors for Peace will hold a workshop on cooperation between legislators and civil society.

—    Attend the public event on the new nuclear disarmament case in the International Court of Justice, Dec 5. Join Tony de Brum (Marshall Islands Foreign Minister) and international law experts to learn about this ‘David versus Goliath’ case in the World Court challenging the nuclear-armed States to comply with their nuclear disarmament obligations.

Promote the conference in your parliament

The Vienna conference, and the issue of humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, can be promoted by parliamentarians through joint statements, parliamentary questions, motions and events. Already the Vienna conference has been supported in the resolution adopted by the 130th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and in a resolution submitted to the Austrian parliament by PNND Co-President Christine Muttonen.

Other PNND members have organised events, debates and resolutions in key parliaments to promote the previous conferences in Mexico and Oslo. This included actions in non-nuclear and nuclear-weapon States.

Please keep PNND informed of actions taken by yourself or in your parliament to support the Vienna conference.

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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