|Latin American and Caribbean leaders to Work for Regional Security, Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation|
Buenos Aires, June 18, 2013 – Political and diplomatic leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean, including former foreign and defense ministers (see attached list) have signed a joint statement to announce the creation of a Leadership Network that will seek to promote policies to enhance regional and world security, to help reduce all forms of nuclear risks and to advance towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.
The Latin American and Caribbean Leadership Network for Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation will address concerns relating to enhancement and deployment of current nuclear arsenals in the world, risks of acquisition or use of a nuclear device by new states or by terrorists, as well as regional vulnerabilities that potentially could contribute to such catastrophic events.
The NPSGlobal Foundation in Argentina will serve as the institutional anchor of the Leadership Network. The group’s first activity will be at a world conference organized by the Nuclear Security Project in Singapore, June 25-26.
More than 40 top-level advocates of a nuclear-free world will attend the meeting including former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry, former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans (convener of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network) and former UK Defense Secretary, Lord Des Browne (convener of the European Leadership Network).
Read here the Inaugural Statement .