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MPI Supports 2003 NAC Resolutions
Announcement
October 20, 2003

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI) over the past month has engaged in numerous activities in support of the two New Agenda Coalition (NAC) (a coalition of Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden) resolutions before the 58th UN General Assembly (UNGA).

At the United Nations on October 6, Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell chaired an MPI Forum, "Challenges of the Second Nuclear Age: Preserving Multilateralism, Advancing Disarmament." Speakers included Mr. Nobuyasu Abe, Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs; Ambassador Sergio de Queiroz Duarte of Brazil; Ambassador Henrik Salander, Secretary-General of the Independent Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction; and Senator Douglas Roche, O.C. The forum was attended by dozens of diplomats and NGOs.

MPI Delegations, led by Senator Douglas Roche, met with government officials in Belgium, Germany and Norway to encourage their support of the NAC resolutions. MPI also wrote several memoranda in support of the NAC resolutions, which were broadly circulated among key States in Europe and North America, as well as within the international NGO community.

The first NAC resolution (A/C.1/58/L.40), entitled Towards a nuclear weapon free world: a new agenda, is based on the Final Document of the 2000 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, where all parties to the NPT unanimously agreed to advance the nuclear disarmament agenda by means of 13 practical steps. The second NAC resolution (A/C.1/58/L.39), entitled Reductions of non-strategic nuclear weapons, specifically tackles the issue of tactical (that is, sub-strategic) nuclear weapons.

The NAC has undertaken considerable efforts to reach out and bridge differences. It has on various occasions changed the language of the resolutions to gain broader support. The final versions of the resolutions, tabled on Wednesday, October 29, are accurate and fair.

Click here to find the revised text of the two NAC resolutions.

The First Committee of the UN General Assembly is expected to vote on the two resolutions on Monday, November 3. MPI encourages citizens around the world to immediately contact their Foreign Ministers and Parliamentarians and urge them to take action in support of the NAC resolutions (stroll down).


Action Alert:

MPI has prepared a short memorandum that lists a number of key reasons why middle power governments, in particular the non-nuclear-weapon States members to NATO, should vote in support of the two NAC resolutions.

Take action! Fax the MPI memorandum, together with a short cover letter (see sample below), to your Foreign Minister (see addresses below). Further, you may want to contact your member of parliament in an effort to broaden support for the NAC resolutions.


Supporting Materials:

Download a printable version (PDF) of the MPI Memorandum addressing NATO countries.

Download a printable version (PDF) of the MPI Memorandum addressing non-NATO countries.

Download a textual analysis (PDF) of the two NAC resolutions, which compares this year's draft versions with last year's final versions.


Sample Cover Letter:

[Address]

[Place], [Date], 2003

Your Excellency:

On behalf of [organization], I wish to urge you that [country] vote in support of the two New Agenda Coalition (NAC) Resolutions, Towards a nuclear weapon free world: a new agenda, and Reductions of non-strategic nuclear weapons, in the 58th General Assembly of the United Nations.

In a recent address, Mr. Nobuyasu Abe, UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament, warned that the NPT may be facing collapse. His warning must be taken seriously.

It is of utmost importance, at this juncture in time, to strengthen the center of the disarmament and non-proliferation debate. The New Agenda Coalition has made considerable efforts this year to reach out and bridge differences. The NAC resolutions before the 58th UN General Assembly are accurate and fair. [Country]'s vote in support of these resolutions would send an urgently needed signal in support of the achievements made in 1995 and 2000, while helping to increase the prospects of keeping the NPT framework intact in 2005.

Sincerely,


[Name]

Enclosure:
MPI Memorandum, Towards a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Strengthening the Centre (Oct. 26, 2003)


Contact Information of Key Foreign Ministers:

H.E. Mr. Alexander Downer
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Parliament House
Canberra, ACT, 2600
Australia
Office: 011-61-2-6277-7500
Fax: 011-61-2-6273-4112

H.E. Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Ballhausplatz 2
A-1014 Vienna
Austria
Office: 011-431-53115
Fax: 011-431-5354530

H.E. Mr. Louis Michel
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Karmelieten Straat 15
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Office: 011-32-2-501-8211
Fax: 011-32-2-511-6385

H.E. Mr. William Graham
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
L.B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa
Ontario K1AOG2
Canada
Office: 613-995-1851
Fax: 613-996-3443

H.E. Mr. Cyril Svoboda
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministerstvo zahranicních ve
Loretánské námestí 5
118 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
Office: 011-420-2--2418-1111
Fax: 011-420-2-2418-2041

H.E. Mr. Per Stig Moeller
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2, Asiatisk Plads 14
DK-1448 Copenhagen K.
Denmark
Office: 011-45-33-92-00-00
Fax: 011-45-33-54-05-33

H.E. Mr. Joschka Fischer
The Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Werderscher Markt 1
Berlin 10117
Germany
Office: 011-49-0-888-17-0
Fax: 011-49-1-888-17-3402

H.E. Mr. George A. Papandreou
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Acadimias 1
106-71 Athens
Greece
Office: 011-30-210-368-1000
Fax: 011-30-210-368-1717

H.E. Mr. László Kovács
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1027 Budapest
Bem Rakpart 47
Hungary
Office: 011-36-1-458-1000
Fax: 011-36-1-212-5918

H.E. Mr. Franco Frattini
Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministerio degli Affari Esteri
Piazzale della Farnesina 1
00100 Roma
Italy
Office 2: 011-39-06-3691-20-12
Fax: 011-39-06-3691-41-99
Office: 011-39-06-3691-24-26

H.E. Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2-2-1 Kasumigaseki
Chiyodaku
Tokyo 100
Japan
Office: 011-81-3-3580-3311
Fax Disarm: 011-81-3-6402-2704

H.E. Ms. Lydie Polfer
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg
c/o Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations
New York
Office: 212-935-3589
Fax: 212-935-5896

H.E. Mr. Jan Petersen
Minister of Foreign Affairs (Utenriksminister)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
7. juni-plassen/Victoria Terrasse
PO Box 8114
N-0032 Oslo
Norway
Office: 011-47-22-24-36-00
Fax: 011-47-22-24-95-80
Fax 2: 011-47-22-24-95-81

H.E. Mr. Erkki Tuomioja
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Merikafarmi
P.O. Box 17600161
Helsinki
Finland
Fax: 011 358 9 629840

H.E. Micheline Calmy-Rey
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bundeshaus West
3003 Bern
Switzerland
Fax: 011 41 31 32 34001

H.E. Mr. Antonio Martins de Cruz
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Palacio de Necessidades
Largo de Rilvas
1399-030 Lisboa
Portugal
Office: 011-351-21-394-60-00
Fax: 011-351-21-394-60-53

H.E. Ms. Ana Palacio
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Plaza de la Provincia, 1
28071 Madrid
Spain
Office: 011-34-91-379-9700
Fax: 011-34-91-435-2420

H.E. Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
P.O. Box 20061
2500 EB The Hague
The Netherlands
Office: 011-31-70-348-5036
Fax: 011-31-70-348-4848

H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gül
Foreign Minister
Foreign Ministry Office of Turkey
Balgat
Ankara
Turkey
Office: 011-90-312-287-2555
Fax: 011-90-312-287-8811