Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

NZ & Brazil Take The Next Step Towards 'No Nukes'

New Zealand and Brazil will work together to develop the next steps towards the elimination of nuclear weapons, and to boost commitment to a nuclear weapon free Southern Hemisphere," Minister for Disarmament and arms control Matt Robson announced today from Brazil.

"We discussed one option, a Declaration, to promote respect for a nuclear weapon free Southern Hemisphere," says Matt Robson, in Brasilia to met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Celso Lafer, and government officials.

Brazil is one of the seven New Agenda countries, including New Zealand, which support and campaign for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Since 1995, Brazil has promoted the idea of a ‘Southern Hemisphere and adjacent areas free of nuclear weapons’ in the United Nations.

Matt Robson announced last year that he would lobby internationally for a nuclear weapon free Southern Hemisphere. Last year Brazil and New Zealand presented the UN with a Resolution calling for the establishment of a nuclear weapon free Southern Hemisphere. It won overwhelming support.

"I see no reason why in the future the Southern Hemisphere cannot be truly, nuclear weapon free," says Matt Robson.

“The South Pacific, indeed all of the countries south of the equator, and in the adjacent areas are free of nuclear weapons. Together, we make up more than 60% of the world’s countries. And all countries respect that Antarctica is off-limits for military purposes.

"We want to reinforce that reality. A nuclear weapon free Southern Hemisphere sends a powerful message to the Northern Hemisphere that it is possible to live without nuclear weapons. Half the world already does," says Matt Robson.

Tomorrow Matt Robson travels to Mexico where he will meet with members of OPANAL, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election