Washington, DC —

Michael Douglas, Dr. Jane Goodall Address Strengthening US and World Security at the US Congress

September 30, 2003

For Immediate Release

Kath Delaney, 415-383-7922 or 415-531-1642
Nadine Kjellberg, 610-668-5480 or 610-585-0844

The House of Representatives Bipartisan Task Force on Non-Proliferation, in cooperation with the Bipartisan Security Group, will host a discussion on the limits of unilateralism at the U.S. Congress. In separate keynotes, Ambassador Thomas Graham,
Dr. Jane Goodall and Michael Douglas will urge U.S. policy makers to pursue greater cooperation — both at home and abroad — when addressing global security threats. Comments by Congressmen Ed Markey (D-MA), Christopher Shays (R-CT) and GSI President Jonathan Granoff as well as a dialogue with the audience will follow.

Michael Douglas, Actor, Producer, Director.

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Noted Primatologist.

Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr., Chairman of the GSI’s Bipartisan Security Group.

2:00 PM, Thursday, October 2, 2003.

Room 2154, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC.

Under the title, “The Limits of Unilateralism,” the speakers will discuss the importance of bipartisan cooperation in Congress, and multilateral cooperation among nations, when it comes to advancing issues of global concern, such as the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the health of the earth’s biosphere and sustainable economic development.

For more information about the Nonproliferation Task Force, please contact Israel Klein (Rep. Markey): 202-225-2836.

Bipartisan Security Group — Background Materials:

Bipartisan Security Group, A Program of the Global Security Institute:

Bipartisan Security Group Experts Bios:

BSG Brief — Proliferation Security Initiative:

BSG Interim Report — Status of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: http://www.gsinstitute.org/docs/BSG_13_Steps_Brief.pdf

BSG Congressional Briefings — In cooperation with the House Task Force on Non-Proliferation:

Film and television actor and producer Michael Douglas has demonstrated a strong commitment to disarmament, including nuclear non-proliferation and stemming the tide of small arms and light weapons. Mr. Douglas has promoted abolition of nuclear weapons as a moral imperative. He has also spoken out in favor of greater controls over the illegal possession and circulation of small arms and light weapons. He has helped promote an innovative UN program of weapons recovery in Albania, encouraging people at the community level voluntarily to return arms in exchange for development assistance. He also recently visited Sierra Leone and filmed a documentary on children soldiers co-produced by RCN Entertainment and the United Nations for Showtime. He was appointed a UN Messenger of Peace in 1998.

Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in June 1960. Her work at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, Dr. Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which is widely recognized for establishing community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the Roots & Shoots education program in more than 70 countries. Dr. Goodall travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about environmental threats and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth. In 2002 Dr. Goodall was appointed a UN Messenger of Peace. In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II named her a Dame of the British Empire, the equivalent of knighthood.

Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is internationally known as one of the leading authorities in the field of arms control agreements to combat the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. He has served as a senior U.S. diplomat involved in the negotiation of every major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement for the past 30 years, including The Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) Treaties, The Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) Treaties, The Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, Intermediate Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Ambassador Graham is currently chair of the Bipartisan Security Group, a program of the Global Security Institute. His recent book Cornerstones of Security: Arms Control and International Law in a Nuclear Era is a landmark book on the subject.

Jonathan Granoff is President of the Global Security Institute. Mr. Granoff is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association, Committee on Arms Control and National Security and serves on numerous governing and advisory boards of organizations related to peace and security issues. He has lectured extensively throughout the world on issues pertaining to global security.

Edward Markey was first elected to the United States Congress in 1976. While mastering the complexities of telecommunications policy, he continues to be a champion of consumer rights, health reform, the elimination of large monopolies, non-proliferation and the conservation of environmental resources. He has worked aggressively to preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness. He is co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation Policy.

Christopher Shays is a leader among moderates in the Republican Party and a nationally recognized environmentalist, serving as the U.S. Chairman of the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE). He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee and as Chairman of its Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations. In this role and as co-chairman of the Congressional Non-Proliferation Task Force, Christopher helped lead the effort to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction.


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