The Humanitarian Imperative and Cooperative Framework to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Free World

Side event during the Inter Parliamentary Union 130th Assembly
Thursday March 20, 2014  |  13:00 – 14:30

Geneva International Conference Centre – Centre International de Conférences Genève
Room A, CCV Annexe
 

Co-sponsored by PNND and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Light lunch provided.

Chair:

  • Saber Chowdhury
    President IPU Standing Commission on Peace and International Security, Co-President PNND

Speakers:

  • Reto Wollenmann
    Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Taskforce on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
     
  • Jarmo Sareva
    UN Office of Disarmament Affairs, Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament
     
  • Uta Zapf
    PNND Adviser on Inter Parliamentary Organisations, Former Chair of the German Parliament Sub-committee on Disarmament and Arms Control
     
  • Rob van Riet
    PNND UK Coordinator, Co-editor, IPU/PNND Handbook on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

Background

Recent research indicates that the risks of nuclear weapons proliferation and use by accident, miscalculation or intent are growing, and that the humanitarian, financial and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons production and use are much greater than previously understood. The 2014 IPU resolution on the role of parliamentarians to achieve a nuclear weapons free world is thus timely and will require full implementation.

This panel will provide an update on the humanitarian dimension for nuclear weapons abolition, explore the cooperative security framework that can assist in achieving a nuclear weapons free world, and give examples of best parliamentary practice that could be emulated or further developed in order to support comprehensive and global nuclear disarmament.


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