Global webinar on parliamentary action. January 19, 2022

Nuclear disarmament and human security

Parliamentary action for nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament in the emerging political environment.

The third global event in follow-up to the publication of Assuring our Common Future: a guide to parliamentary action in support of disarmament for security and sustainable development.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | Online event

A webinar in two sessions: Session 1 timed to suit participants from Asia/Pacific and Session 2 timed to suit participants from the Americas/Africa/Europe/Middle East. See below for times and registration.

Participants: The event is designed for legislators/parliamentarians, legislative assistants and representaives of parliamentary organizations, but is also open for participation by experts, officials and civil society representatives. 

Cosponsors: Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the World Future Council (WFC)


Tensions and unresolved conflicts between nuclear armed and allied states, combined with an erosion of global governance and the collapse of some key arms control agreements, elevate the importance of parliamentary action to prevent nuclear war and help facilitate nuclear disarmament.

This event will explore how parliamentarians can contribute to key processes, such as adoption of nuclear risk-reduction measures, the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, advancing multilateral arms reduction, reversing the nuclear arms race, ensuring a successful review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, phasing out the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines and strengthening the reliance on common/human security instead of nuclear threat postures.

This is the third of a series of global events drawing upon Assuring our Common Future: a parliamentary handbook on disarmament for security and sustainable development. This event focuses in particular on the Chapter on Nuclear Weapons.

Session 1: Asia/Pacific session

7:00-8:30 Central Europe Time. Register for Session 1

CHAIR:  Saber Chowdhury (Bangladesh). Honorary President, Inter-Parliamentary Union.


  • Tadashi Inuzuka (Japan). PNND Council Member. Former Senator from Nagasaki. Chair, 3+3 Coalition for a nuclear-weapons free North East Asia.
  • Chung-in Moon (Republic of Korea). Chairman of the Sejong Institute, Vice Chair of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (APLN), and former ROK presidential advisor for national security and foreign affairs (2017-2021).
  • Andrew Leigh MP (Australia). Member of the Australian parliament.  Author, lawyer and former professor of economics at the Australian National University.
  • Manpreet Sethi (India). Distinguished Fellow and head of the Nuclear Security Project at the Centre for Air Power Studies. Member of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.
  • Prof A H Nayyar (Pakistan). Member of the International Fissile Materials Control Panel. Board Member, Pugwash Conferences on Science and Global Affairs. Former Member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament. Former Physics Professor at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.

Session 2: Americas/Europe/Africa/Middle East

10:30 - 12:00 EST / 16.30 – 18:00 CET (Session is in English and French): Register.

CHAIR:  Brigitte Brenner (Austria), IPU Permanent Observer to the UN and International Organizations in Vienna.

WELCOME: Bill Kidd MSP (Scotland). PNND Co-President. Head of PNND Delegation to the NPT Review Conference.


  • Izumi Nakamitsu (United Nations) UN Under-Secretary General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.
  • Fabian Hamilton MP (UK). Member of Parliament for Leeds North East. Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament;
  • Blake Narendra (United States). Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant for Senator Edward Markey (Massachusetts);
  • Dr Dmitry Stefanovich (Russia). Research Associate, Moscow Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (Hamburg). Member, European Leadership Network.
  • Paul Ingram (UK). Senior Research Associate and Academic Programme Manager, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge.  Co-founder of the  Middle East Treaty Organisation (METO).