Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) is a global network of over 800 parliamentarians from more than 80 countries working to prevent nuclear proliferation and achieve nuclear disarmament.

Membership is open to current members of legislatures and parliaments at state, federal, national and regional levels. It is one of four programmes of the Global Security Institute.

The work of PNND is funded by the Disarmament Education United Nations Implementation Fund (Aotearoa-New Zealand), the Simons Foundation, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Global Security Institute and a number of individual supporters.

On October 15-16, 2011, the network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament convened its Annual Assembly in Bern, Switzerland. Legislators from around the world gathered to further their ongoing collaborative work to build the framework for a nuclear weapon-free world, just before the 125th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

In a joint letter to the leaders of the five nuclear weapon States (NWS), the seven Co-Presidents of PNND commended the heads of government for convening such a meeting and noted that ‘there is a global expectation that the consultations you are commencing will result in significant advances in reducing the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and in making progress towards the achievement of nuclear disarmament.’

There are a number of exciting developments in the area of international humanitarian law (IHL) and nuclear weapons that are opening the door to the global abolition of nuclear weapons. IHL governs the use of weaponry and force in war. It prohibits the use of weapons or methods of warfare that cause indiscriminate harm to civilians (who are protected), cause unnecessary suffering to combatants, violate neutral territories, are disproportionate to the precedent attack or military objective, or cause long-term and severe damage to the environment.

On October 19, 2011, a group of leading NGOs including the Global Security Institute, launched the Nuclear Abolition Forum to facilitate dialogue on the process to achieve and sustain a nuclear weapons free world. The inaugural issue focuses on IHL and Nuclear Weapons. The launch included a presentation by Roslyn Cook (World Court Project UK) of Citizens’ Affirmations of the Criminality of Nuclear Weapons Use.

 

UN High Representative Sergio Duarte and Roslyn Cook of the World Court Project UK

On November 26, 2011, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements adopted a resolution on the irreconcilability of nuclear weapons with international humanitarian law, calling for States to undertake in good faith, and conclude, negotiations to prohibit the use of and completely eliminate nuclear weapons through a legally binding international agreement. The resolution also called on Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to engage with relevant actors on the humanitarian and international humanitarian law issues associated with nuclear weapons.

More information on parliamentary actions and further reading here.

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