Four New Zealanders representing civil society will be at the United Nations in New York next month, to help negotiate a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Unlike chemical and biological weapons, nuclear weapons have not yet been outlawed internationally, despite being the most destructive, inhumane weapons of terror ever invented.
The four New Zealanders – Dr Kate Dewes, Dr Lyndon Burford, Lucy Stewart and Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret’d) – feel that their presence at the nuclear ban negotiations is a fitting way to mark the 30th anniversary, on 8 June 2017, of the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act. The New Zealand government has maintained a high profile internationally on nuclear disarmament issues, and helped build the political will for the negotiations. UN member states participating in the negotiations acknowledged this by electing New Zealand’s Disarmament Ambassador Dell Higgie as a Vice-President of the negotiating conference.
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