Invitation for Press Conference: Don’t Bank on the Bomb – A Global Report on the Financing of Nuclear Weapons Producers

The Non-Government Organization PAX (Netherlands), Facing Finance and urgewald as well as the international campaign ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and IPPNW Germany invite you to the presentation of the global study “Don’t Bank on the Bomb”.

Date: Friday, 07/11/2014
Time: 11am
Place: Tagungszentrum im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz, Room 01-02
Schiffbauerdamm 40, 10117 Berlin

Germany as well as many other states stand for the aim of global nuclear disarmament as nuclear weapons are the most destructive weapons that have ever been developed. Yet, global financial institutions (FIs) do only insufficiently or not at all adhere to the “Global Zero” commitment which aims to create a world without nuclear weapons. On the contrary, by managing and issuing shares and bonds of as well as issuing loans to manufacturers of nuclear weapons these institutions support the modernization and manufacturing of the N°1 weapon of mass destruction. This stands in stark contrast to the “Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons” (NPT) which obliges signatory states to contribute to the general and complete nuclear disarmament.1

The Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN will present the most recent global study “Don’t Bank on the Bomb!” on Friday, 7th November in Berlin. The study compiled by the Dutch NGO PAX names hundreds of financial institutions that finance companies which manufacture nuclear warheads and launcher systems (missiles, bombers, submarines etc.) and lists the FIs interests in those. Also German investors have extensive financial ties to manufacturers of nuclear weapons. Furthermore, Germany is directly invested in the Airbus Group.

The following representatives will be available for dialogue at the press conference:
Dr. Barbara Happe, Bank Expert, urgewald e.V. (Presentation)
Susi Snyder, PAX (formerly IKV Pax Christi), Author of the Study
Thomas Küchenmeister, Managing Director, Facing Finance e.V. (Member of ICAN)
Martin Hinrichs, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN Germany)
Xanthe Hall, IPPNW Germany

For further questions or interview requests please contact:
Thomas Küchenmeister, Facing Finance e.V., 0175-4964082 (Germany)
Dr. Barbara Happe, urgewald e.V., 0172-6814474 (Germany)

More information is available on the following websites:
www.facing-finance.org
www.urgewald.de
www.paxvoorvrede.nl
www.icanw.org
www.dontbankonthebomb.com
www.atombombengeschäft.de


  1. United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (2014): http://www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/NPT.shtml (accessed 04. November 2014) []
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