Declaration for a World WITHOUT Nuclear Weapons
The international Global Zero movement launched in December 2008 includes more than 200 political, military, business, faith and civic leaders – and hundreds of thousands of citizens – working for the phased, verified elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide.
Global Zero members believe that the only way to eliminate the nuclear threat – including proliferation and nuclear terrorism – is to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, secure all nuclear materials and eliminate all nuclear weapons: global zero.
The international Global Zero Commission of 23 political and military leaders has developed a practical step-by-step plan – backed by hundreds of former heads-of-state, foreign ministers, national security advisers and military commanders – to achieve this goal over the next two decades.
The Global Zero Action Plan calls in its first phase for the U.S. and Russia to cut their arsenals to 1,000 total warheads each, all other countries with nuclear weapons to freeze their arsenals, and the international community to conduct an all-out global effort to block the spread of nuclear weapons. These steps would be followed by the first multilateral negotiations in history for stockpile reductions by all nuclear weapons countries.
The 2nd annual Global Zero Summit in February, 2010 in Paris convened 200 eminent leaders. Presidents Obama and Medvedev and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent strong statements of support, including President Obama’s declaration that Global Zero “will always have a partner in me and my administration.” Secretary George Shultz delivered the keynote address.
From the UN Security Council’s September, 2009 endorsement of the goal of Global Zero, to the April, 2010 START treaty signing and Nuclear Security Summit, political support and momentum for Global Zero is growing.
Hundreds of thousands of people have signed the Global Zero declaration and joined the movement and students are getting involved, starting Global Zero chapters on college campuses worldwide. Countdown to Zero, a major documentary film produced in partnership with the Academy Award winning producers of An Inconvenient Truth Participant Media and Lawrence Bender, will open in U.S. theaters July 23. A chilling wake-up call about the urgency of the nuclear threat, the film will raise awareness and help build the Global Zero movement.