THE UNITED NATIONS AND A NUCLEAR-WEAPON-FREE WORLD: NEW APPROACHES AND INITIATIVES
Tuesday Oct 28, 2014
13:15 – 14:30
United Nations, New York, Conference Room A
Sponsored by UNFOLD ZERO and the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations.
Co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica, Finland and Kazakhstan, and by the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security.
Background. The United Nations, from its very first General Assembly resolution, has put nuclear disarmament as one of its most important goals. However, progress has been slow due to the lack of political will in key countries, and the continued reliance on nuclear deterrence. This panel will discuss recent initiatives which indicate a greater potential to elevate political will, enhance cooperative security approaches, phase out nuclear deterrence and facilitate nuclear disarmament negotiations through UN-focused approaches.
Chair: H.E. Desra Percaya, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations
Short video presentation: UNFOLD ZERO Global Action for Sep 26 International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Virginia Gamba, Director of the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs
— The United Nations and nuclear abolition – from aspiration to attainment
Aaron Tovish, Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign Director (by skype presentation)
— From the High Level Meeting to the High level Conference – a plan of action
Alyn Ware, Co-founder of UNFOLD ZERO
— UN approaches and parliamentary actions to eliminate the reliance on nuclear weapons
Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute
— Elevating political traction through the UN
Comments from co-sponsors and general discussion
Organised by UNFOLD ZERO, a project of PragueVision, PNND, Basel Peace Office, Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign, Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace and Global Security Institute. UNFOLD ZERO aims to unfold the path to zero nuclear weapons through effective steps and measures facilitated by the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, UN Secretary-General and other UN bodies.