Jo yesterday chaired a session at an international conference on nuclear non-proliferation organised by the United Nations Association.
The conference at the Scottish Parliament, entitled ‘Civil Society and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’, was attended by politicians, ambassadors and campaigning groups from around the world, including Russia, China and the US. It was held in advance of the next 5-yearly UN review of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, scheduled for 2010.
Commenting, Jo said:
“Nuclear disarmament is undoubtedly one of the most urgent steps we must take to ensure our security in the 21st century. Governments are failing to act on this matter of vital importance – including our own, which voted to renew Trident despite declaring its support for global disarmament. This conference was about empowering those voices who are speaking out against nuclear weapons, and I hope they will continue to grow louder so that they cannot be ignored when the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review comes around next year.”