United Nations: Pax Christi International to sponsor special side-event during NPT PrepCom in May


23/4/19 - Pax Christi International will sponsor a side-event during the 2019 Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The side-event will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 1:15 to 2:45pm, in UN Conference Room C.

The U.S. continues to ignore its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which requires, under Article VI,  that each Party to the Treaty undertake to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures for nuclear disarmament, toward the goal of complete disarmament. In the absence of national leadership on this critical issue, it is incumbent upon us as citizens to devise, publicise, and pursue creative methods of publicising and reducing the risks of nuclear war. The panelists at this event represent a diverse group of U.S. citizens who actively demonstrate, in very different ways, the power of individuals in local communities to draw attention to the threat of, and reduce the risk of, nuclear annihilation.

An introduction will be given by Mary T. Yelenick, Pax Christi International NGO Representative to the United Nations in New York and the moderator will be Anthony Donovan of Pax Christi Metro New York, a writer and filmmaker on the subject of nuclear abolition.

Panelists include:

  • Martha Hennessy,  Defendant, Kings Bay Plowshares (and granddaughter of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement)
  • Professor Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Dept. of Theology, Fordham University (expert witness in recent court hearing in the Kings Bay Plowshares action)
  • Maura Keaney, First Vice President, Commercial and Non-Profit Banking, Amalgamated Bank (the first New York bank to adopt a policy of not lending to companies tied to the manufacture of guns and weapons, including nuclear weapons)
  • William Hartung, Director, Arms Security Project, Center for International Policy (expert on militarism and the nuclear weapons industry)
  • Rev. Timothy Graff, Director, Social Concerns Office, Archdiocese of Newark, Cardinal Joseph Tobin's Liaison to Labor, Director of Government Relations (addressing how to disseminate Pope Francis’s message about nuclear abolition)
  • Brendan Fay (Actively engaged in ongoing divestment discussions with members of the New York City Council)

Each panelist will briefly describe what he or she is doing, why, and how. Panelists will engage in a group discussion and exchange of ideas and stories. Audience questions will follow.


NPT, Nonproliferation Treaty, UN, United Nations, Nuclear disarmament