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Former Canadian Prime Minister Joins the Middle Powers Initiative
MPI Press Release
September 9, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO--Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell has been appointed to the International Steering Committee of the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), Senator Douglas Roche, MPI Chairman, announced today.

Ms. Campbell will chair an MPI Strategy Consultation at the United Nations, New York, October 3, and lead an MPI delegation of civil society leaders to meet with Canadian government officials in Ottawa October 29-30. Both events will deal with MPI's new Briefing Paper, "Priorities for Preserving the Non-Proliferation Treaty in the New Strategic Context."

The Middle Powers Initiative, formed in 1998 to encourage middle power governments to press for nuclear disarmament negotiations, is a program of the Global Security Institute (GSI), whose president is Jonathan Granoff.

Ms. Campbell served as Canada's 19th and first woman Prime Minister. She previously held several cabinet portfolios and was the first woman to be Defense Minister of a NATO country. She is Visiting Professor of Practice at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also Executive Vice-President of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievements.

Two other international figures will also join the MPI International Steering Committee: Nick Dunlop, former Executive Director of Earth Action and currently Director of the e-Parliament initiative; and Aaron Tovish, a member of the Earth Action International Board of Directors and an internationally recognized leader in the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation field.

"The skills of all three leaders will boost the profile and effectiveness of MPI's Track II diplomatic effort to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons," Mr. Granoff said.

Senator Roche and Mr. Granoff also welcomed Dr. Urs Cipolat, a Swiss expert on weapons non-proliferation and military export controls, to the GSI staff in San Francisco. Dr. Cipolat, a multilinguist who holds a doctorate in law from Yale Law School, will manage MPI's operations.

Senator Roche also announced that Rob Green and Kate Dewes of New Zealand had stepped down from MPI's International Steering Committee but will continue to work on MPI's Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. Commander Green is the author of "The Naked Nuclear Emperor," and several other works. Dr. Dewes is a member of the U.N. Study on Disarmament Education.

For more information please contact Zachary Allen at 415 775 6760.