Parliamentary roundtable during the Vienna Conference

Parliamentary actions for a nuclear-weapon-free world

Austrian parliament, 9:00 – 12:00

Parliamentary roundtable during the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons. Hosted by the Austrian Parliament. Co-sponsored by the Inter Parliamentary Union and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | Austria, Vienna

The catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons - compounded by the risk that they could be used by accident, miscalculation or intent - reinforces the political and legal imperative to prohibit and eliminate such weapons. On the other hand, a sizeable number of States still rely on nuclear deterrence for their security. Parliamentarians have responsibilities to eliminate the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines and to support national, regional and global initiatives to prohibit nuclear weapons and achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world. This roundtable will provide an opportunity for parliamentarians to share examples of parliamentary action, and develop ideas and strategies for further action.



Registration, coffee


Introduction by the Chair:
Christine Muttonen MP
(PNND Co-President, Austria)
— Purpose and outline of the roundtable Action by non-nuclear parliaments – the example of Austria


Senator Laura Angelica Rojas-Hernandez (Mexico, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Organisations)
— Security without nuclear weapons: From nuclear-weapon-free zones to a nuclear-weapon-free world


Martin Chungong (IPU Secretary General)
— The Inter Parliamentary Union and cooperation amongst parliaments for a nuclear-weapon-free world


Rob van Riet (co-editor of the PNND/IPU Handbook)
— Overview of parliamentary practice for nuclear disarmament


Hon Matt Robson (Former New Zealand Minister for Disarmament)
— National prohibition legislation including divestment


Jeremy Corbyn MP (UK, Vice-Chair Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament)
— Engaging/challenging the nuclear-armed States


Jean-Marie Collin (PNND France Coordinator)
— Engaging/challenging the nuclear-armed States


Yasuyoshi Komizo (Secretary-General of Mayors for Peace)
- Cooperation between mayors and parliamentarians


Silvio Heinze (ICAN Civil Society Forum)
— Civil society cooperation with legislators


Tarja Cronberg (PNND Co-President)
— Political opportunities for joint parliamentary action in 2015 and beyond


Open round


Chair: Christine Muttonen
— Closing comments


The roundtable will complement other events of relevance to parliamentarians including:

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