Parliamentary engagement

Our nuclear free status is a statement of our belief that we and our fellow human beings can build the institutions which will one day allow us all to renounce the weapons of mass destruction.
We are a small country and what we can do is limited.
But in this as in every other great issue, we have to start somewhere.

David Lange, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1984-1989

The main focus of the Peace and Disarmament Program is currently on identifying, raising awareness for, and spreading policies that further nuclear disarmament. Through the WFC’s close cooperation with the international network Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), the project informs and engages legislators across the world to this end.

Such exemplary policies include the treaties establishing nuclear weapon-free zones, the 1987 New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act, the 1999 Constitutional Law in favor of a Nuclear-Free Austria and the Ethical Guidelines that the Norwegian Ministry of Finance adopted for its Government Pension Fund in 2004, which effectively ban investment of public money in companies involved in the manufacture of landmines, cluster munitions and landmines.

Such actions by governments and legislatures act as a powerful counter-force to the inauspicious nuclear postures of a few, contribute to building and conceptualizing the multilateral nuclear prohibition norm, place limitation on nuclear weapons-related activities, and reframe the mindset on how to pursue common security objectives.

Following parliamentary workshops exploring what parliamentarians can do to support nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament at the PNND Annual Assembly in Bern in October 211 and at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN on UN Day (24 October 2011), the World Future Council released in January 2012 a Briefing Paper identifying exemplary existing legislative measures that further nuclear abolition.

You can download the Report here.

 

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Download also our overview of relevant appeals for the abolishment of nuclear weapons throughout the Nuclear Age.


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The Handbook "Supporting nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament" identifies existing examples of good practice in the area of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and offers recommendations for further parliamentary action. The Inter-Parliamentary Union has commissioned Rob van Riet, Coordinator of the WFC Disarmament Programme, and Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and WFC Councillor, to produce the handbook.

It is available online in English, Spanish, French and Russian.

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