WORKING TO ACHIEVE A PEACEFUL SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FREE FROM THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Today’s changes and challenges, with each crisis de jour increasing in scale and intensity, are not being met with competent leadership. We believe the guidance of universal values and wise principles are of paramount importance. For this reason we encourage your attention to the live streaming of the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates taking place now in Mérida, Mexico, and the Eleven Days of Peace.
President, Global Security Institute
World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
We are excited to be writing today from the city of Merida, in Yucatan, Mexico, at the start of the 19th annual World Summit of Nobel Peace laureates. As many of you know, Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, has been a close associate of the Summit for more than 15 years, and serves as the Special Representative to the UN for the Summit.
This year’s Summit, attended by 30 Nobel Peace Prize laureates and representatives of Nobel Peace Prize laureate organizations, will be live streamed. Mr.Granoff will be moderating a panel tomorrow (Friday) at 1:20 pm Eastern time on “Priorities for Nuclear Disarmament,” with Nobel Peace laureates former President of South Africa F.W. De Klerk, Maria Eugenia Villareal of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, former Undersecretary General of the United Nations and President of Pugwash Ambassador Sergio Duarte, Dr. Ira Helfand, co-founder of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Anton Camen, Legal Adviser at International Committee of the Red Cross.
On Saturday September 21 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, Mr. Granoff will be speaking on a panel entitled “The Power of Law vs. the Law of Power” with Nobel Peace laureates Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Lord David Trimble, President F. W. De Klerk, former Prime Minister of Portugal and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.
New From Ambassador Graham
Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is a former senior US diplomat who was involved in negotiating every major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement from 1970 to 1997, including the INF. He served at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for three decades, including as Acting Director, and was the US special representative for arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament. Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is a Global Security Institute and Board Member, and a co-founder of GSI’s Nonpartisan Security Group.
Writing in Just Security on August 30, he addresses the potentially catastrophic collapse of yet another nuclear safeguard, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty:
“The current worldwide moratorium on nuclear weapon testing and the intended ultimate conversion of that ban to legally binding treaty status by bringing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) into force are essential to the long-term viability of this strategic bargain. But some Trump administration officials have signaled hostility to the CTBT and an interest in the United States resuming nuclear weapon testing, which could cause a catastrophic unraveling of that bargain..”
Keep reading11 Days of Global Unity
11 Days of Global Unity TeleSummit 2019 features 11 Powerful Dialogues of global campaigns for change, between September 11 and 21 at 1PM Eastern Time Each Day
The program is hosted by Karen Palmer and Rick Ulfik.
On September 20, Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (a program of GSI) and Jonathan Granoff will speak on Disarmament.