Austrian Disarmament Ambassador in Scotland

September 16, 2015

Scottish Parliament event 23 September

Bill Kidd MSP, as co chair of the Nuclear Disarmament Cross Party Group, will host an event on Wednesday 23rd September from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at the Scottish Parliament, to mark UN International Day of Peace and UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Earlier in the day he will be debating in the Scottish Parliament in support of the Marshall Island nuclear test victims. The early evening discussion will highlight and support the Humanitarian Pledge, initiated by the Austrian Government, which aims to fill the legal gap in the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons, and now signed by 117 countries.

The event is organised by the Scottish Branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (S WILPF) with support from Scottish CND, ICAN UK and other members of the Scrap Trident Coalition.

The meeting will address the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, including the particular relevance for women and girls, and examine the ways in which gender structures stand in the way of disarmament.

We are honoured to welcome Austrian Ambassador Alexander Kmentt, who was instrumental in initiating the Humanitarian Pledge at the Vienna Conference in December 2014, to speak about Austria’s leading role in the Humanitarian Initiative on nuclear weapons.

The panel will also include Dr Claire Duncanson, Lecturer in International Relations University of Edinburgh, Mia Gandenberger, WILPF project Programme Manager with Reaching Critical Will in Geneva, and Rebecca Sharkey ICAN UK Coordinator.

Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome, however to comply with parliamentary security details of all attendees must be submitted in advance.  If you would like to be added to the list of invitees, please email directly.

Photo shows Ambassador Kmentt at the Vienna Conference in December 2014 receiving a letter of support from Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, hand delivered by Bill Kidd MSP.  

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