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  1. Contemporary Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives NZ non-governmental case study

  2. Nuclear disarmament: still an issue? • 30,000 nuclear warheads • 4,500 on high-alert (‘launch on warning’) • Cold War revisited? • Bush: “Usable” nukes, pre-emptive nuclear strikes • Putin: “It is premature to speak of the end of the arms race” • Chirac: Nukes defend “strategic interests” • Iran? North Korea? India? Pakistan? Israel? • Nuclear terrorism?

  3. Failing N-Disarmament Apparatus • (Nuclear) Non-proliferation treaty (NPT) • Conference on Disarmament (CD) • UNGA High-level Plenary ! Problem: Consensus voting

  4. Nuclear Disarmament: New Initiatives • Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament (PNND) • Bi-partisan network of MPs - 400 from 60 nations • Negotiations outside the CD • UN General Assembly (UNGA) • International Court of Justice (ICJ) • 1996 “World Court” advisory opinion • Return to the Court? Implementation of decision

  5. New Initiatives cont’d • Middle Powers Initiative • Article six forum • Mayors for Peace • 2020 Vision Campaign

  6. Take Action! • Encourage your MP to join the PNND (List of current members online) • Write to Gary Moore in support of Mayors for Peace (he’s an International Vice President) • Get informed • www.disarmsecure.org • www.pnnd.org • www.middlepowers.org • www.mayorsforpeace.org