New Zealand First Deputy Leader and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Disarmament and Arms Control Fletcher Tabuteau has successfully hosted an event at Parliament, to highlight the importance of Disarmament and Arms Control to future generations of New Zealanders.
In his speech the Under-Secretary stated our countries commitment to nuclear disarmament and advocated for this to continue into the future. He appealed to the next generation for unity in times of risk to global peace and emphasized the significance of New Zealand’s nuclear free stance to our national identity.
Mr Tabuteau also had the pleasure of announcing an increase in funding for groups working on disarmament education to ensure the understanding and continuation of our countries proud history on disarmament. Annual funding for the Disarmament Education United Nations Implementation Fund (DEUNIF) will increase from $150,000 to $200,000.
As a nation we cannot become complacent on these topics, we need to ensure that our efforts advance.
Mr Tabuteau hosted the event alongside Wellington United Nations Association with the entertainment of award winning youth Virtuoso Strings Orchestra from Porirua.