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Dear friends,
António Guterres, former head of the UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has been selected as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG). He will take up this position in January 2017.

Reducing the threat of nuclear weapons and facilitating nuclear disarmament are key objectives for the new UNSG.

Can the UN and its next leader make any impact on this issue? Or do nuclear-armed states have unbridled power and unrelenting resolve to continue nuclear weapons policies?

Last month, the United Nations Association (UK) published an article Nuclear Disarmament - Can the UN Secretary-General play a role, exploring the role taken by UNSGs in promoting nuclear disarmament, mediating nuclear-weapons related disputes, facilitating nuclear disarmament negotiations and engaging civil society in the issue. The article raised the question about whether the next UNSG could strengthen this role?

António Guterres has been very successful in building international cooperation on the issue of refugees. In a letter to Guterres following his selection, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) commended Guterres for this success, and encouraged him to use these skills to build cooperation and traction for global nuclear disarmament. Guterres replied to PNND welcoming this encouragement.

Presentation of joint statement to the new UNSG

On the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, PNND, Mayors for Peace and Religions for Peace released 'A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Our Common Good'. The organisations plan to gather more endorsers over the next 2-3 months in order to present this to the UNSG when he takes up his position in January. 

Take action: Ask your mayor. parliamentarians and religious leaders to support the statement. Send their endorsement to
Yours sincerely
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