In The Zone – Episode 18 – Jeremy Corbyn MP

In the 17th episode of the podcast series, In the Zone, Anahita Parsa and Aayushi Sharma interview Zmnako Mohammad Ahmad. In the interview Zmnako highlights the significant aspects of his story as a Chemical Weapon Attack survivor, his pursuit to help amplify the voices of other survivors like him, the challenges and struggles survivors face, the need for tangible humanitarian assistance and the role of the state, as well as his vision for the Treaty text for a WMD free zone in the Middle East.

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At the NPT, the Middle East has something to teach everyone

On Tuesday August 9th, METO hosted a side event at the 2022 NPT Tenth Review Conference in association with the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the New York office of the German-funded, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The Conference, after having been delayed for the last two years due to COVID-19, lasted from August 1st-August 26th at the UN in New York. The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has been a part of international law for more than 50 years, and in 1995 it was extended indefinitely. The conference provides a channel for states and civil society organizations to discuss disarmament, nonproliferation, and the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. As a part of the NPT’s extension in 1995, the Conference adopted a resolution calling for a weapons of mass destruction free zone (WMDFZ) in the Middle East. At METO’s side event, we synthesized the updates to the fifth edition of our Draft Treaty for a WMDFZ in the Middle East, and welcomed Amb. Orlaith Fitzmaurice, Director of Disarmament and Non-proliferation at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, and Amb. Mohamed Elghitany, Head of Disarmament and Peaceful Uses of the Atomic Energy Division in Cairo, to discuss the history of the Zone and the current discourse regarding peace and security in the Middle East.

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METO is now on TikTok!

Our social media team has been focused on expanding its reach online to better platform and engage with our work on establishing a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East, but also to dive further into wider issues on disarmament, peacebuilding, and the region. As part of this push, METO has started working on some fun video content across all our social media platforms. The rising prominence of video content online has opened a unique space to connect with a more far-reaching community from all over the world, and a more interactive sense of engagement with our work.

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The voice of METO’s university network heard loud and clear in Vienna

The second day of the Meeting of State Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons began with a continuation of the previous day’s debate. The METO team listened to remarks made by delegates from Norway, Switzerland, Morocco, the Netherlands and more.

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Youth participation elevated at the conference to ban nuclear weapons

The METO team arrived at the United Nations House in Vienna for the first day of the First Meeting of State Parties (MSP) to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). As the conference got underway, many members of the University Network began the day at the parallel Youth MSP.

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Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons under the spotlight in Vienna

The 2022 Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons took place at the Austria Centre in Vienna on the 20th of June 2022. Given that the conference took place on the day before the First Meeting of State Parties on the Treaty of the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, it set the tone for the three days ahead, reminding delegates, media, and civil society members of the negative impact that weapons of mass destruction have for humanity.

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In the Zone: METO’s Sharon and Emad speak at the Nuclear Ban Forum in Vienna

METO directors, Sharon Dolev and Emad Kiyaei, spoke at the first day of the Nuclear Ban Forum, hosted by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on June 18. They hosted an hour-long workshop called “In the Zone: the TPNW and the Middle East.” Both Sharon and Emad discussed the possibility of establishing a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East and announced the new METO campaign ‘It’s About Time.’

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The Hills are Alive with the Sound of… Nuclear Ban Week!

With apologies for the allusion to Julie Andrews singing about the hills of the Austrian Alps, Vienna (rather than Salzburg) will be METO’s de facto home for one week in June, where we will converge with civil society activists, diplomats, government representatives and many other stakeholders from all over the world in the campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons.

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In The Zone – Episode 17 – Zmnako Mohammad Ahmad

In the 17th episode of the podcast series, In the Zone, Anahita Parsa and Aayushi Sharma interview Zmnako Mohammad Ahmad. In the interview Zmnako highlights the significant aspects of his story as a Chemical Weapon Attack survivor, his pursuit to help amplify the voices of other survivors like him, the challenges and struggles survivors face, the need for tangible humanitarian assistance and the role of the state, as well as his vision for the Treaty text for a WMD free zone in the Middle East.

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The war in Ukraine: Repercussions in the World and in the Middle East

On Wednesday, April 13, METO together with our friends at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) organized a webinar on the above topic with four speakers with connections to the region: Dr Ali Fathollah-Nejad (Iran/Germany), Associate Fellow at the American University of Beirut; Amb. Lina Arafat (Jordan), METO; Amb. Karim Haggag (Egypt), Professor at the American University in Cairo, and; Sharon Dolev (Israel), Executive Director of METO. The session was moderated by Marc Finaud (France/Switzerland), from GCSP.

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