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$100,000 boost for nuclear disarmament work

28 November 2012

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The Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (CNND) contributes to worldwide efforts to minimise the risk of nuclear weapons use, stop their spread and ultimately achieve their complete elimination.

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Dr Jennifer Allen Simons, Founder and President of the Simons Foundation, and Founding Partner and Principal Sponsor of the Global Zero nuclear movement, has generously donated $100,000 towards the work of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (CNND) in the Crawford School of Public Policy.

The Simons Foundation, based in Vancouver, Canada, initiates and participates in major worldwide peace projects and brings together global leaders for high-level strategic and policy dialogues. It also sponsors important academic research through fellowships and chairs, acts as a major convenor of academic and public events, and partners on policy-driven publications.

The grant, announced by Dr Simons during a visit to Canberra this week as a guest of CNND, will facilitate work by the Centre on a series of “state of play” reports on global efforts to minimise the risk of nuclear weapons, stop their spread and ultimately achieve their complete elimination.

Welcoming the donation, ANU Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC said: “Jennifer Simons is a passionate and articulate supporter of a world without nuclear weapons, and has been a mighty contributor over the years to the causes of peace research, education and civil society action.

“Her support for our Centre is absolutely in that tradition, and it will make a huge contribution to our continuing effectiveness”.

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