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IRCS President in Global Conference on Nuclear Weapons

Dr. Seyed Amir Mohsen Ziaee, President of the Iranian Red Crescent headed a delegation took part in Global High Level Movement Conference on Nuclear Weapons on 24- 26 April 2017 in Nagasaki, Japan.

"The Iranian Red Crescent is as a member of the Reference Group for Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has always opposed the spread and use of nuclear weapons of mass destruction adopted in 2011 and 2013 resolutions of the Council of Delegates, and has been making unremitting efforts to ensure the prevention of the use of such weapons," Dr. Ziaee mentioned. 

"One of my main concerns in the discussions amongst the state parties is the lack of full participation," said Mr. Tadateru Konoé President of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and President of Japanese Red Cross Society in this conference. "I hope that not only the nuclear weapon states but also all the states under the nuclear umbrella come to the same table with others and contribute their opinions through these important negotiations," 

Following the action plan adopted in the Council of Delegates in 2013, the International Federation coordinated this conference for National Societies’ involvement in relevant multilateral issues and ensured that the voices of National Societies remain heard. Most recently in 2016, a large delegation of the Federation spoke out at the United Nations’ open-ended working group in Geneva, which resulted in the start of the negotiations to ban nuclear weapons in March 2017 onwards.