May 25 2008, 12:30-2:30p.m.
Deutscher Bundestag, Paul-Löbe-Haus
Europa-Saal (room 4.900)
Nuclear arms control and disarmament policies are in a state of transition. Since the end of the East-West conflict, nuclear arsenals have been impressively reduced and at the NPT Review Conference in 2000 13 steps were agreed upon to implement the commitments of article VI of the treaty.
Since these indisputable achievements, however, the process of arms control and disarmament has come to a stop. At the last Review Conference in 2005 there was no consensus on a final statement. The nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea are of serious concern and the further development of national nuclear strategies as well as the modernization of nuclear weapons systems represent a dangerous trend. NATO, as a pivotal organization for security, has a special responsibility in this context. With the new NATO strategy that is being developed until 2009, the alliance has the opportunity to address these trends.
Against this background, the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation are hosting a panel discussion which is being held during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Berlin on May 25 2008 at the German Bundestag.
Two nuclear weapons experts, Dr. Hans M. Kristensen, Nuclear Information Program of the Federation of American Scientists and Martin Butcher, Acronym Institute, will lead off the discussion together with Bärbel Dieckman, Mayor of the city of Bonn and a member of the worldwide organisation Mayors for Peace.
The focus of the discussion will be on NATO and the role of nuclear weapons. At the same time, we would like to discuss the future development of nuclear strategies and the process of modernization of nuclear weapons as it can currently be observed in several NATO member states. It is our goal to influence the debate within NATO from a parliamentary and civil society perspective.
Please RSVP by sending us the attached response form by May 13 2008.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The conference will be held in English.
For questions or more information, contact:
or fax: +49 30 22 77 67 16
» Click here for the full program of the event.
» Read "Parliamentarians and NATO Policy," by Senator Francesco Martone, PNND Council Member, Italy.
» Read "Time to remove tactical nuclear weapons from Europe," an article by Dr. Rolf Mützenich MdB, Patrick Vankrunklesven, MP, and Sergie Kolesnikov, MP.