On November 14th the European Parliament held a debate on the elimination of nuclear weapons. The event was hosted by MEP Jarosław Wałęsa in partnership with Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons in support of written declaration No. 26. Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan was the special guest of the event.
"Since its launch in Paris in December 2008, Global Zero has grown to include 300 current and former heads of state, national security advisers,military commanders, and business, civic and faith leaders, and nearly half a million citizens worldwide", explained Jarosław Wałęsa. "The strategy which they have implemented provides for valuable dialog and a real-world solution to this ever growing problem. President Barack Obama, President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister David Cameron, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have endorsed Global Zero, with Obama declaring that Global Zero will always have a partner in him and his administration. Leading international newspapers have backed Global Zero’s plan, the Financial Times concluding that, 'Global Zero’s plan has shown the direction to be travelled; the world’s leaders must now start moving'. I invite you to experience firsthand the vital work that this organization is doing to help eliminate nuclear weapons", concluded the MEP. The event included a viewing of the acclaimed film Countdown to Zero and a panel discussion with eminent leaders and experts – including Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, General (Ret.) Bernard Norlain,former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and film producer Lawrence Bender, among others – followed by a reception with the special guest and leaders of the Global Zero movement.
Time and place: Wednesday 14 November, 17.30, room PHS 4B1, EP, Brussels
For further information:
Jarosław Wałęsa, Tel: +32-2-2845304
Agata Byczewska, EPP Group Press and Communications Service, Tel. +32-473-841093
Notes to Editors:
The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 270 Members and 3 Croatian Observer Members.