Happy New Year: PNND activities in 2017

Dear Tolegen, 

On behalf of the PNND secretariat, I thank you for your active participation in PNND during 2016 and wish you all the best for 2017.

2017 is an important year for the work of PNND.

Increasing tensions between nuclear-armed States have revived the risks of a nuclear exchange by accident or miscalculation. There is also the risk of acquisition of nuclear weapons or infiltration of nuclear control systems by a terrorist organisation. On the other hand, there are also new opportunities for nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament.

Early in his term, incoming US President Trump will conduct a Nuclear Posture Review. Parliamentarians, especially those from the U.S. and from allied countries, can influence this process.

And there are three key multilateral processes in 2017 in which parliamentarians can make an impact: UN negotiations on a prohibition treaty, the resumption of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Cycle, and preparations for the United Nations High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament in 2018.

PNND will be active in these and other key initiatives. See PNND 2017 Calendar.

Last chance to endorse 'A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Our Common Good'?

This joint statement of legislators and religious leaders calls on world leaders to commit to nuclear abolition, replace nuclear deterrence with shared security approaches to conflicts, and commence negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention, a global treaty agreed by nuclear-armed and non-nuclear States to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.

PNND, Religions for Peace and Mayors for Peace plan to present this joint statement to the new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in early 2017, and to circulate it to UN member States in order to support UN initiatives for nuclear disarmament.

Yours sincerely

Alyn Ware
PNND Global Coordinator
On behalf of the PNND Secretariat