July 7, 2010
PNND Members in leadership positions worldwide
The Global Security Institute, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, the Middle Powers Initiative and the Bipartisan Security Group extend their most heartfelt congratulations to PNND Member Julia Gillard for her assumption as Prime Minister of Australia.
Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard
PNND sent a letter of congratulations to Ms. Gillard co-signed by Co-Presidents Raphael Chegeni (Tanzania), Senator Rosario Green (Mexico), Sergei Kolesnikov (Russia), Edward Markey (US), Lee Mikyung (South Korea), Baroness Sue Miller (UK) and Uta Zapf (Germany), along with MPI Chairman Ambassador Henrik Salander, GSI President Jonathan Granoff, BSG Director Ambassador Robert Grey, Jr., and Rt. Hon Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and PNND UN Liaison Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
The letter expressed the aspirations for a nuclear-weapons-free world shared by PNND and Australia, a vital middle power country. We remain confident that Ms Gillard will draw on the full range of her experience, background and interests in order to fulfill her new role with the passion, commitment and excellence she has demonstrated in previously as an opposition spokesperson, minister and deputy prime minister.
With over 800 members in more than 70 countries, the network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament continues to grow in size and impact. Over a dozen of our members hold cabinet positions. These include:
Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen and Senator Roche look on as Warren Snowdon delivers remarks to the PNND Assembly gathered at the Thinkers’ Lodge in Pugwash, Nova Scotia (July, 2008)
Peter Garret, Minister for the Environment
Warren Snowden, Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health
Robert McLelland, Attorney-General
Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
Anni Sinnemaki, Minister of Labour
John Gormley, Minister for the Environment
Bert Koenders, Minister for Development Cooperation
Kristin Halvorsen, Minister of Education (former Minister of Finance)
Auden Lysbakken, Minister of Children and Equality
December 2009 MPI delegation to Japan. (L-R:) Hiro Umebayashi, Jonathan Granoff, Foreign Minister Okada, Kate Dewes,
Katsuya Okada, Foreign Minister
Mizuho Fukushima, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Social Affairs and Gender Equality
Georgina te Heuheu, Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control
Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment
Keith Brown, Minister for Lifelong Learning
Felipe Michelini, Minister of Education
David Coltart, Minister of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture (PNND Global Council member)
We have also had a number of other cabinet ministers participate in our events, including our annual assembly, and who continue to engage in our organization but who have not officially joined as members. These include the Defence Ministers of Norway and Canada.
In addition, there are a number of PNND members who serve as Speakers/Presidents of parliaments, as well as many who serve as chairs or deputy-chairs of the foreign affairs and/or defence committees in their parliaments, including in Italy, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Portugal.