Global Zero is a non-partisan international initiative dedicated to public education, dialogue and awareness-raising among the public and opinion leaders about the urgent nuclear threat and proposals for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. Global Zero (GZ) convenes major international conferences of opinion leaders and experts, conducts media, online and grassroots communications and organizes a global campus education and outreach program.
The Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (CNND) at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University’s College of Asia & the Pacific, contributes to worldwide efforts to minimise the risk of nuclear weapons use, stop their spread and ultimately achieve their complete elimination.
Nuclear weapons are incompatible with elementary considerations of humanity.
Human security today is jeopardized not only by the prospect of states’ deliberate use of nuclear weapons, but also by the risks and harms arising from their production, storage, transport, and deployment.
The Simons Symposium on European Security and Nuclear Disarmament was held during the 59th Pugwash Conference on Science & World Affairs: European Contributions to Nuclear Disarmament & Conflict Resolution in Berlin, Germany on July 1-4, 2011.
A remarkable and welcome outcome of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review was the Conference’s expression of “deep concern at the catastrophic human consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” and reaffirmation of “the need for all states at all times to comply with applicable international law, including international humanitarian law.”
Project Ploughshares is a non-governmental organization that works with churches, governments and civil society, in Canada and abroad, to advance policies and actions to prevent war and armed violence and build peace.
This conference brought together over 100 Hibakusha (surviving victims of the atomic bombings of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki) with survivors and family members of the World Trade Center disaster on 9/11 to address the unique political, psychological and spiritual contributions survivors of atrocity and their families can make towards a more peaceful future.
The Simons Foundation made an early commitment to the United Nations to provide funding necessary to establish an independent international commission to examine how to reduce the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Recent high-level support for the goal of a nuclear-weapons-free world from officials and former officials in key nuclear weapons states has created an opening to explore the possibilities for taking concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament, such as the creation of a Nuclear Weapons Convention, to provide for the comprehensive prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.
The Simons Foundation was the principal sponsor of a groundbreaking poll conducted by Canada’s World on how Canadians see their role in the world, and the role of their country, not simply what they believe their governments should be doing. The Simons Foundation’s primary interest was in citizens’ responses to nuclear issues.
This consultation built on a Strategy Consultation convened in Vancouver in October 1999, at which The Simons Foundation honoured the Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, then Canada’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, for his role in calling for a review of NATO’s nuclear policy.