Ambassador Alexander Kmentt, Director for Disarmament at the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation division at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, visited the ELN on July 2

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Focus on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons Initiative

The ELN invited Austrian Ambassador Alexander Kmentt to address MPs and Peers at a meeting in the UK Parliament on Wednesday 2 July 2014. As Director for Disarmament at the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation division at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the Ambassador spoke to parliamentarians on the Austrian government’s efforts to host the 3rd International Conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons. The conference, due to take place in Vienna in December 2014, aims bring together governments and civil society representatives from both nuclear and non-nuclear states to “strengthen the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime and to contribute to the growing momentum to firmly anchor the humanitarian imperative in all global efforts dealing with nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament.”

The parliamentary meeting was chaired by Top Level Group Chairman, Alistair Burt MP and was attended by MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum, along with civil society representatives. The event was a joint meeting of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament & Non Proliferation (TLG), the APPG on Global Security & Non Proliferation, the APPG on the United Nations and the European Leadership Network.

Following this meeting in parliament, Ambassador Kmentt spoke on the same theme at an afternoon expert roundtable meeting, co-sponsored by the European Leadership Network and the Austrian embassy in London. ELN Chair, Lord Browne co-chaired the event with Austrian Ambassador to London, H.E. Ambassador Emil Blix.

The European Leadership Network has also recently published an article by Ambassador Kmentt: Avoiding the Worst: Re-framing the Debate on Nuclear Disarmament.