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The Czech Senate hosted a conference on nuclear disarmament

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On May 15, 2014, the Senate of the Czech Republic hosted a conference on Security without nuclear weapons: Role of the Czech Republic and Czech legislators in international disarmament processes, featuring Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, as a special guest.

Security without nuclear weapons

Role of the Czech Republic and Czech legislators
in international disarmament processes

15 May 2014  |  Senate Plenary Hall, Parliament of the Czech Republic

The conference was hosted by Alena Gajdůšková, First Vice-President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, and co-sponsored by the international network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and the PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security.

SPEAKERS

  • Alena Gajdůšková, First Vice-President of the Senate
  • Dana Váhalová, Member of the Czech Delegation to IPU
  • Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
  • Alyn Ware, PNND Global Coordinator
  • Marek Jukl, President of the Czech Red Cross
  • Jana Jedličková, Chair of the PragueVision Institute

SPEAKERS’ PROFILES

PaedDr. Alena Gajdůšková
First Vice-President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic,
PNND Council Member

Alena Gajdůšková has been supporting the vision of a nuclear weapons free world for a long time. She took part in a number of domestic and international actions to support concrete steps in nuclear disarmament. Since 2009 she has been a member of the international network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). In 2013 she initiated a letter to US President Obama in support of his „Prague vision” of a world without nuclear weapons, which was endorsed by parliamentarians from ten NATO countries. In February 2014 she participated in the PNND Assembly in Washington and she accepted invitation to the PNND Council.
www.gajduskova.cz

Angela Kane
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Angela Kane, born in Germany, has served as the leader of the United Nations for matters of disarmament of nuclear weapons, other weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons since 2012. She is the head of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and an advisor of the UN Secretary General for all arms control, non-proliferation and related security matters. Last year she played a key role during the accession of Syria to the Chemical Weapons Convention. During her nearly 40 years long distinguished career in the UN she held a number of leading positions, including those in the field of prevention and resolution of conflicts.
www.un.org/disarmament

Mgr. Dana Váhalová
Member of the Czech Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union,
Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Dana Váhalová is a member of the Czech Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) which has put a lot of attention to the issue of nuclear weapons in last years. IPU, in cooperation with PNND, published a handbook of good practices and parliamentary measures on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. In 2014, IPU adopted a resolution that recommends concrete actions that parliaments and parliamentarians can take to help achieve a nuclear weapons free world, include working with their governments on eliminating the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines, and urging their governments to start negotiations on a convention, or a package of international agreements, to help achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.
www.vahalova.cz www.ipu.org

Alyn Ware
PNND Global Coordinator,
2009 Right Livelihood Award (“alternative Nobel Peace Prize”) Laureate

Alyn Ware, born in New Zealand, currently based in Switzerland, is one of the world leading experts on nuclear disarmament. In 1990‘s he coordinated the campaign leading to the landmark advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on illegality of nuclear weapons, and he lead the drafting of the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention. In 2002 he founded the international network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) that connects hundreds of parliamentarians on non-partisan basis in 80 countries and serves as a platform for sharing information and initiatives on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.
www.pnnd.org

Doc. RNDr. Marek Jukl, Ph.D.
President of the Czech Red Cross

Marek Jukl is based at the Faculty of Sciences of the Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and serves as the President of the Czech Red Cross. The International Movement of Red Cross and Red Crescent has been raising concerns about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons use and its incompatibility  with international humanitarian law. In 2011 and 2013, the Movement adopted resolutions calling on states to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again, and to pursue and conclude with urgency and determination negotiations to prohibit the use of and completely eliminate nuclear weapons through a legally binding international agreement.
www.cervenykriz.eu www.icrc.org

Jana Jedličková
Chair of the PragueVision Institute,
PNND Central Europe Coordinator

Jana Jedličková is a co-founder and the Chair of the PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security, an independent Czech non-governmental organisation focused on the issue of nuclear weapons. PragueVision provides information and analyses and works to stimulate the Czech Republic to take a pro-active role in nuclear disarmament. The Institute monitors international disarmament forums, cooperates with organisations in other countries and serves as the Central European office for PNND. PragueVision co-sponsored the launch of UNFOLD ZERO, a new platform to highlight opportunities for progress in nuclear disarmament through bodies on the United Nations.
www.praguevision.org