UNFOLD ZERO Newsletter

Dear friends,
UNFOLD ZERO encourages you to vote for the 2016 Arms Control Person(s) of the Year, organised by the Arms Control Association.
Among the nominations are a number of people that have made a considerable impact on nuclear disarmament through the United Nations. They include:

'Nuclear weapons no longer provide for our security, they endanger it. '

William Perry, Former US Secretary of Defense
William Perry after speaking at the United Nations with Michael Douglas (UN Messenger for Peace) and Jonathan Granoff (UNFOLD ZERO).
  • The government of the Marshall Islands and former foreign minister Tony de Brum. Mr de Brum is also a Council Member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear non-proliferation and Disarmament, one of the UNFOLD ZERO co-founding organisations. The Marshall Islands played a lead role in the historic 1996 International Court of Justice (ICJ) case on the illegality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. Then, in 2014, Mr de Brum initiated lawsuits in a U.S. Federal Court against the United States, and in the ICJ against the nine nuclear armed States in an attempt to compel them to implement their obligation to achieve complete nuclear disarmament. Over 5 million people signed a petition endorsing these cases. See Nuclear Zero lawsuits.
  • Diplomats from the U.S. and New Zealand Missions to the United Nations for leading the Security Council to adopt Resolution 2310 and reinforce the global norm against nuclear testing on Sept. 23, 2016, the 20th anniversary of the opening for signature of the treaty;
Gerard van Bohemen, New Zealand Ambassador to the UN, Chairs the Security Council for the adoption of the resolution against nuclear tests and supporting the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
  • The foreign ministers of Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa for advancing a resolution at the UN First Committee “to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons." The resolution was adopted, which means the negotiations will commence, but was only supported by non-nuclear States meaning that it won't apply to nuclear armed States or the allies under extended nuclear deterrence relationships;
  • Author Eric Schlosser and Director Robert Kenner for the 2016 film documentary Command and Control, which tells the riveting story of nuclear weapons accidents and near-misses. Their work has been instrumental in raising awareness about the risks of nuclear weapons in support of the humanitarian initiative at the UN to ban nuclear weapons.
Yours sincerely
Copyright © 2016 UNFOLD ZERO

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