4 Oct 2012

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett speaks out for nuclear free Middle East

Building towards a nuclear weapons-free Middle East:  civil society input for a new Helsinki process 

CND International Conference,Saturday 13th October 2012   

09.00–10.00    Tea and coffee served on arrival 

10.00–10.15 Welcome – Dave Webb, CND Chair 

10.15–11.45 Objectives for the 2012 Helsinki Conference on a Middle East Zone free of WMD 

Keynote speech: Ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi, Permanent Representative of Finland to the UK 
Panel: Regional, Global and Humanitarian Dimensions of Disarmament 
Rebecca Johnson – CND Vice-President, ICAN Co-Chair 
Ahmed Saada –Egyptian physician and activist 
Ghassan Shahrour–Syria 
Elaheh Rostami-Povey – School of Oriental and African Studies 

11.45–12.00 Tea break 

12.00–13.15 Parallel workshops: 

1. Linking Regional and International campaigns to abolish and eliminate nuclear 
weapons: Arielle Denis, ICAN Campaigns Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa 
Ernest Rodker, Campaign for a Nuclear–Free Middle East 

2. NATO nuclear policies, the Gulf states, and the role of Middle East neighbours 
Arife Kose, Turkey and Rae Street, CND 

3. Peace, security and denuclearisation challenges in the Middle East 
Sharon Dolev, Israeli Disarmament Campaign 
Professor Abbas Edalat, Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran 

4. Civil society input for the Helsinki Middle East Conference 
Jasna Bastic, Peace Boat and Nasser Burdestani, Bahrain 

13.15–14.30 Lunch 

14.30–16.00 Reports from workshop and discussion of recommendations to be forwarded  
to the Helsinki Conference, facilitated by Daniel Blaneyand Sarah Cartin, CND 

16.15–17.30 Closing Plenary, chaired by Dave Webb 
Our role in achieving a nuclear-weapons free Middle East 
Kate Hudson, CND 
Jeremy Corbyn MP 
Sharon Dolev, Israeli Disarmament Campaign 
 Natalie Bennett, Green Party 
Leanne Wood AM 

17.30–19.00 Reception (sponsored by Gotham Erskine auditors) 

1 comment:

Paul said...

Damn, I can't make it! I'm sure it will be covered on PRESS TV though for a grateful Iranian regime.

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