21 Jan: Briefing on the outcomes of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Weapons and the Protection of Civilians invites you to attend:
A roundtable briefing on the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
4.15pm – 5.30pm Wednesday 21st January 2015
Room R, Portcullis House
At the third international conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna in December 2014, attended by 157 states including the UK, the Austrian government called on all states to “identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons” and pledged to co-operate with all stakeholders to achieve this goal. Over forty countries called for a prohibition on nuclear weapons.
UN relief agencies and the ICRC have made it clear that they would not have the capacity to respond adequately to the impacts of a nuclear weapon explosion. Yet nuclear weapons remain the only weapon of mass destruction that is not yet outlawed.
This roundtable aims to provide an update on the new international humanitarian initiative that is underway, and discuss the impacts on UK policy and practice on nuclear weapons.
It will also look towards the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Meeting that will hold a Review Conference in May 2015.
Martin Caton MP, chair of the All Party Group on Weapons and Protection of Civilians
Sir Nick Harvey MP, former Minister of State for the Armed Forces
Dame Joan Ruddock MP, former Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change
Thomas Nash, Director of Article 36, and Steering Group Member, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
All members of both Houses and their staff are welcome to attend.
RSVP to Laura Boillot, firstname.lastname@example.org or 07515 575 175