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PHILIPPINES SIGNS HISTORIC GLOBAL ARMS TRADE TREATY | Irish Pinoy
Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, signed the Treaty on behalf of the Philippine Government.
The Philippines was the first country in Southeast Asia to do so. "The Philippines signed the ATT to fulfill our country's commitment to promoting international peace and security. The proliferation of conventional arms has contributed to violence and instability in many parts of the world including the Philippines and there is a need to address this serious concern," Ambassador Cabactulan said.
Thinking Creatively: In and Out of the NPT Box - Global Security InstituteGlobal Security Institute
On December 11, 2013, the Global Security Institute (GSI), in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), hosted an informal roundtable discussion with presentations by Ambassador Libran Cabactulan of the Phillippines, President of the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr., former US diplomat now serving as Chairman of the Bipartisan Security Group.
Pia Bungarten, Libran Cabactulan, Jonathan Granoff In his introductory remarks, Mr. Granoff heralded Ambassador Cabactulan's "herculean effots" which led to the success of obtaining a strong final document at the 2010 NPT Review: "Through Ambassador Cabactulan's leadership, the thirteen practical commitments of the NPT 2000 Review, which included an unequivocal undertaking [to achieve nuclear disarmament] were reaffirmed, and 64 very progressive similar steps were additionally obtained." The success of 2010, Ambassador Cabactulan argued, was due in large part, not just to the considerable, year-and-a-half-long preparations that he and his team undertook, but also to the work of those who came before him. He cautioned, however, that while the "carefully selected" words of the 2010 final document may indicate success, "we are now entering 2014 and not much [by way of progress] can be reported. This lack of progress leads him to question whether the NPT process is the way by which nuclear disarmament will be achieved. "After all," he cautioned, "we have to be mindful of what Einstein said: that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Cabactulan urged participants to remain "mindful" of the things "that really can be done," and to identify "the stumbling blocks" that are preventing further progress. Despite the efforts and commitments, "we have not done anything in the Middle East," he lamented. He worried that, if the 2015 Review Conference is a failure, the NPT's core bargain will be placed at grave risk. He praised the work of civil society that forces governments to "think outside the box", "pushes you to a certain level, certain heights, in a certain direction." Without innovational thinking leading to new routes forward, we may be, as Cabactulan warned, doomed to fulfill Einstein's definition of insanity, much to the grave insecurity of us all. Read the full transcript of Ambassador Cabactulan's remarks.
Ambassador Cabactulan: "Nuclear weapons are at the apex of man's genius at finding ways to destroy his fellow human being."
Ambassador Libran Cabactulan: Ambassador Cabactulan is the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations.
Ambassador Libran Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations: "Nuclear weapons are at the apex of man's genius at finding ways to destroy his fellow human being."
Speaking at the special session on Nuclear Weapons and the Moral Compass Co-chaired by Ambassador Libran Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations and attended by governments, faith communities and civil society organizations, Dr. Vendley affirmed the growing consensus among diverse religious communities on the need for total abolition of nuclear weapons and their strong commitment to take actions.