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Upcoming & Recent Events
The Wellington Branch of the United Nations Association worked closely with the Minister of Disarmament Affairs office to host a forum in Parliaments’ banquet Hall on September 12th to:
- Highlight the need for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
- To encourage Governments – especially those in our region – to ratify it. It needs 50 countries to ratify it before it comes into force. Nineteen have to date. New Zealand did on July 30th.
- And to encourage young people to take up the issue. We had 6 young people; primary through to tertiary students; who had spoken at Hiroshima day events in August, art contributions from 17 Wellington schools, and a wonderful youth string Orchestra from Porirua Cannons Creek.
Chaired by Clark Ehlers our Wellington President it began with a wonderful performance by the Virtuoso String Children’s Orchestra proudly introduce by Porirua’s Mayor. The Hon Fletcher Tabuteau Deputy Minister of Disarmament spoke of New Zealand ‘s commitment and of the recognition we received internationally for this, followed by the Philippine Ambassador Jesus Domingo from the Diplomatic and Edwina Hughes ICAN Aotearoa representative of the Nobel Peace Prize winning ICAN.
Then led by Thomas Nash from Massey University we were then treated to some inspiring addresses from a six member youth panel. I am compiling these and other addresses in a Report which will be available on request.
Refreshments were served as the orchestra played some more great music. The Hon Winston Peters Minister of Disarmament listened to the students and spoke with afterwards.
Around 180 people were present including 18 representatives from a wide range of embassies three of them Nuclear weapon states
Since then two more pacific island states have ratified the Treaty at a special gathering at the High Level Disarmament meeting in New York on 26th September and another nine have signed. With 71 signatories we should get 50 ratifications so the Treaty can come into force.
ICAN which began in Australia in 2007 can be justifiably proud of what has been achieved but it needs us and the future generations working around the world to make it happen.
Congratulations to the 2018 Nobel peace prize winners from Iraq and Congo for highlighting the way rape is used as a weapon of war.
On 19th September to honour International Peace day Dr Jackie Blue Human rights Commissioner spoke to a small group on Domestic Violence. Unfortunately we had cancelled the lunch as there had been a misunderstanding as to her availability but we have her excellent report – available on request -and thank her for her valuable insights.
Forthcoming event October 30th Ann Beaglehole – Refugee Historian - will talk about her books and research into New Zealand Policy over 80 years.
5 October International Peace Day celebration in collaboration with Wellington City Council. View the Flyer here.
8 June 2017 – New Zealand Nuclear Weapon Free Legislation 30 years on: The Significance of the UN Draft Treaty and to Honour the late Dame Laurie Salas, with guest speaker Professor Ramesh Thakur from the Australian National University. View the programme here. The Seminar was held at Victoria’s University Council Chambers and included Secondary School participants in our Speech Award and they impressed the around 100 present. You can read Ramesh's address here.
8 March 2017 – Join us to celebrate International Women's Day with a Peace Walk from the Beehive to Civic Square and a Performance in the evening at Te Papa. More details HERE.
31 March 2015 – Dr Kennedy Graham MP and Mr Paul Foster Bell MP Hosted a Forum on
Three Minutes to Midnight - Long Past Time for Nuclear Disarmament
Opening: Dr Kennedy Graham MP
Chair; Dr Roderic Alley
Prospects and Opportunities for the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty: What’s New?
Panel: Ambassador Dell Higgie Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Assoc. Professor Treasa Dunworth Auckland University
Lyndon Burford Phd Candidate Auckland University
Marnie Lloydd, NZ Red Cross
Questions & Discussion
Panel: Global leaders: Prof Ramesh Thakur APGL ANU
Hon Phil Goff, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non proliferation and Disarmament
Dr Kate Dewes, UN Disarmament Education
Questions & Discussion:
Wrap-up Comment: Prof Ramesh Thakur ANU
Organised by United Nations Association Wellington with financial support from Peace and Disarmament Trust.
Photos of the event are available HERE
Wellington UNANZ organised, in association with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Peace and Disarmament Education Trust, a presentation and lunch on 5 December at Parliament's Banquet Hall.
The presentation entitled "Humanitarian Consequesnces of Nuclear Weapons From Oslo to Mexio and Beyond" was addressed by a distinguished line up of speakers.
Dr Paul Hutchison MP and Maryan Street MP welcomed and introduced the speakers:
- Dr Tillman Ruff, IPPNW Co-Chair "Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons Oslo to Mexico and Beyond"
- Disarmament Ambassador at large, Dell Higgie "New Zealand statement to United Nations First Committee"
- Mexican Ambassador Leonora Rueda "Nayarit 2014 Conference: a step forward for Humanity"
- Tim Wright International Campaign to Abolish Weapons (Australia) "The Humanitarian Inperitave to Ban Nuclear Weapons"
- Edwina Hughes, ICAN (NZ)
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Wellington News and Reports
Please refer to our recent 2017 UNA NZ News publication where you can find our more about the Wellington Branch as well as recent activities.
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Contact Wellington Branch:
Clark Ehlers - [email protected]
Secretary: Stephen Rupp - [email protected]
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