Kate Hudsons blog

Kate Hudsons blog

Dr Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary
Kate Hudson has been General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament since September 2010. Prior to this she served as the organisation's Chair from 2003. She is a leading anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner nationally and internationally. She is also author of 'CND Now More than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement'.

May 9 2014

Lynx co-opts CND's symbol

Written by Kate Hudson
Have you seen the Lynx adverts recently, using the CND symbol? It’s refreshing to see a global corporation like Unilever taking an interest in peace issues: and the huge funding for their Lynx Peace marketing campaign (£9m in the UK alone) is such that many millions of people will be exposed to the CND symbol and its peaceful meaning. We also welcome Unilever’s collaboration with Peace One Day – an organisation which works to highlight the UN’s Peace Day on 21 September. As the CND symbol was never copyrighted, we only ask for donations when it is used commercially. And we frequently receive donations from companies as a sign of goodwill and as a recognition of the origins and legacy of the symbol. However, we draw the line when a corporation cynically uses not only our symbol, but CND’s name and history: for profit. It’s a whole different ball game when Lynx tweets out to its 60,000 followers: “One giant, man-made CND symbol in Trafalgar Square, London for #LynxPeace” – complete with a link to its product. Let’s not mince words here: Lynx Peace is a marketing campaign to sell deodorant. For all of us at CND, and for all…
May 8 2014
   CND's event at the NPT: Scrapping Trident: political perspectives on disarmament from the UK   CND Chair Dave Webb writes this guest blog from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference in New York The CND delegation has been busy in New York. Ben Folley our Parliamentary Officer did a great job in fixing up meetings with delegates from Austria, Norway, Mexico and the UK and we discussed a range of items with them, including their take on the conferences on the “Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons” and the legal challenge of the Marshall Islands to nuclear weapons states. We assured them that we would be continuing our campaign to ensure that the UK government honours its obligations as a signatory to the NPT and does not replace the Trident nuclear weapon system, but actually decides to scrap it altogether. In addition we have been trying to keep up with the speeches by state representatives which are presented in the Assembly Room and Luke Massey, our Press Officer, has been hard at work tweeting all the interesting news as it breaks. The objective of the NPT is not only to stop the spread of nuclear weapons but also to lead to…
May 1 2014

Who's saying what at the NPT

Written by Ben Folley
Guest blog from Ben Folley, CND's Parliamentary Officer, at the UN in New York This week at the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference in New York, the most eagerly awaited contribution has come from the Marshall Islands. Not surprising, as last week they announced that they were suing the nuclear weapons states in the International Court of Justice for failing to carry out their nuclear disarmament commitments. Other key contributions came from Mexico and Austria, both centrally involved in the new ‘humanitarian consequences’ initiative.  Tony De Brum, Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, gave a powerful testimony asking 'how many people in this room have personally witnessed nuclear detonations? I, for one, have. I lived there as a young boy for the entire 12 years of the nuclear testing program, and when I was 9 years old, I remember vividly the white flash of the Bravo detonation on Bikini atoll, 6 decades ago in 1954.'  Commenting on his country's legal challenge, he stated, 'Those that make binding obligations within international treaties, and those who are bound by customary international law, must and will be held accountable for the pursuit of those commitments and obligations.’  CND's Vice-Chair Jeremy Corbyn MP, personally thanked…
Apr 29 2014

The first day of the NPT conference

Written by Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn MP, CND Vice Chair, is part of CND’s delegation to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee at the UN in New York this week. Here’s his account of the first day at the conference. The most powerful message of the day was Marshall Islands’ Foreign Minister Tony de Brum telling a packed opening session of his life. As a nine-year-old boy he witnessed the Bikini Atoll nuclear test when an explosion, 1000 times greater than Hiroshima, destroyed the atoll and the lives of its people for decades to come. Then a UN Trusteeship, administered by the USA, the Marshall Islands is now an independent country. Ironically, the Non-Proliferation Treaty Prep Com for the 2015 Review is meeting in the Trusteeship Council room, where the Marshall Islands finally got its independence. Now, the state has launched a legal challenge to the UK (and other nuclear armed states) in the International Court of Justice, for its failure to implement Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty which requires the P5 (the UN permanent five and declared nuclear weapons states) to take steps towards disarmament at the same time as all other signatories are required not to acquire nuclear weapons. In…
Apr 28 2014
Dear Mr President, I am writing on behalf of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to express our great appreciation for your decision to institute legal proceedings against the nine nuclear weapons states. We sincerely welcome your decision to take them to the International Court of Justice for their failure to comply with Article VI of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: to ‘pursue in good faith and bring to a conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control’. We feel a debt of gratitude to you, in particular, for instituting proceedings against our own country, the United Kingdom, the governments of which we have challenged since our foundation in 1958. Your principled and courageous stand will assist our current struggle to prevent the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system. It will expose the hypocrisy of our government as it claims to support the goals of the NPT yet plans to spend vast sums on building new nuclear weapons; it will reveal the obstructionism of our government as it boycotts and derails sincere initiatives towards global abolition; and it will lay bare our government’s contempt for the fundamental NPT bargain – that non-proliferation and…
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