Check out the recently released, low-budget but effective video of parliamentarians around the world which calls for a nuclear-weapons-free world and promotes the Inter Parliamentary Union Handbook for Parliamentarians on Supporting Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament. The video was released on 24 October in conjunction with the release of the Handbook at the 127th IPU Assembly in Quebec City. It involves parliamentarians (PNND members) from 21 countries standing in front of (or inside) their parliaments passing the Nuclear Disarmament logo to each other while speaking about a nuclear-weapons-free world in their own language – with sub-titles in French and English.
The well known nuclear disarmament logo was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a conscientious objector, for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It uses the semaphore for the letters N and D (nuclear disarmament) placed within a circle. In adding the circle, Holtom wrote that the symbol was like a person standing with their arms outstretched – somewhat in despair at the tragedy of war and the impossibility of civilization surviving a nuclear war. But it can also symbolize a person holding his/her hands out to join with others around the world for peace.
In passing the logo from parliament to parliament, PNND members are linking parliaments and parliamentarians around the world in a common vision and action for a nuclear-weapons-free world.
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