COP 24 and the role of parliamentarians on climate change and nuclear disarmament
UN climate change conference underway in Katowice, Poland. PNND makes links between nuclear disarmament and climate protection, and participates in the IPU meeting of parliamentarians and launch of the Global Renewables Congress.
17 December 2018
Governments, legislators, environment experts, business leaders and other stakeholders have gathered in Katowice, Poland for COP24, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Members of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PPND) participated in COP 24 in their individual capacity and also as part of PNND's contribution to COP 24 and the climate change issue. Below is the statement of PNND Global Coordinator Alyn Ware for the Parliamentary Meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union. [Alyn is also UNA NZ’s Special Officer for Peace and Security]
PNND members also participated in the launch on December 11 of the Global Renewables Congress, a network of current and former legislators working to build political will and advance specific policies to replace fossil fuels with 100% renewable energy.
Comments by Alyn Ware, PNND Global Coordinator, for the parliamentary meeting at COP 24:
I am speaking on behalf of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, a global network of legislators dedicating to preventing the use of nuclear weapons - whether by accident, miscalculation or intent - and in achieving the peace and security of a nuclear weapons free world.
Nuclear weapons and climate change are the two major existential threats to the survival of humanity, civilization and our planet. Indeed, in January this year, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the legendary Doomsday Clock to2 minutes to Midnight, due to the threats from nuclear weapons and climate change. Both threats can be eliminated, and a sustainable and secure world achieved, if there is sufficient political will to overcome the institutional inertia and vested financial interests in the status quo.
Nuclear weapons and climate change are the two major existential threats to the survival of humanity, civilization and our planet.