Global Zero convenes on the 25th Anniversary of the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Reykjavik Summit
Global Zero calls on nuclear nations - for the first time in history - to begin negotiations on multilateral nuclear arms reductions.
Global Zero met at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on October 11-12, 2011, marking the 25th anniversary of the historic Reykjavik Summit when Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev nearly agreed to eliminate all nuclear weapons. The group called on heads-of-government to launch the multilateral negotiations with a Nuclear Weapons Summit.
The Global Zero Summit in California brought together 100 eminent leaders and senior government officials for intensive policy and strategy discussions to advance the goal of enlisting heads of nuclear powers to hold a Nuclear Weapons Summit to launch the first-in-history multilateral nuclear arms negotiations. The program included progress reports by leaders from key countries, strategy sessions, and presentations by Global Zero student leaders on the grassroots campaign focusing on the $1 trillion per decade cost of nuclear arsenals. The event built on the success of the June 21-23 London Summit, at which Global Zero outlined its plan for getting to multilateral negotiations. The Financial Times and The Economist published positive editorials about the plan, the Financial Times concluding that, "Global Zero's plan has shown the direction to be travelled; the world's leaders must now start moving."
In the press:
The New York Times, Oct. 29, 2011: "The Bloated Nuclear Weapons Budget"
NPR, Oct. 11, 2011: "No Nukes: Bringing The Right And Left Together"
ABC News, Oct. 10, 2011: "Regan-Era Officials Seek Nuclear Free World"
Associated Press, Oct. 8, 2011: "Disarmament group to call for nuclear club talks"