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UNFOLD ZERO Newsletter

Dear friends,
Ban Ki-moon will end his 10-year term as UN Secretary-General in December 2016. The campaign for the next UN Secretary-General has begun. Nine candidates have already come forward.

For the first time ever the selection process is transparent. You can read the positions of candidates online. And governments and civil society can ask questions of the candidates - through social media and 'candidate dialogue sessions' in the UN General Assembly.
 

Ask the UNSG candidates: What would you do for nuclear abolition?


You can ask your question to the candidates by online form, Tweet using #UNSGcandidates, video via Instagram or email askSGcandidates@unngls.org. Click here for examples of video questions already submitted.

Ask your question by May 25 and it could be selected to be presented to the candidates at the UN on June 7 during the second  'candidate dialogue session.'
 

What are the candidates' positions on nuclear abolition?


So far, three of the nine candidates have spoken specifically about nuclear disarmament in their vision statements.

Vesna Pusić: 
Global climate change is as serious threat to our survival as a civilization as are nuclear weapons, the main difference being that nuclear weapons risk instant destruction while climate change is a long term threat. 
 
Igor Luksic: 
Revitalization of disarmament and non-proliferation agenda, keeping in mind a vision of the world free of nuclear and other WMDs. 
 
Helen Clark:

While there have been steps towards nuclear disarmament, this remains more of an aspiration than an achievement and the proliferation of conventional weapons is an increasingly urgent danger. 

In addition. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, received the Nuclear Free Future Award in 2002 for her leadership in New Zealand’s landmark nuclear abolition legislation.
Yours sincerely
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