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.
The Vancouver Declaration is the result of a conference convened February 10-11, 2011, in Vancouver, Canada, by The Simons Foundation and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, entitled “Humanitarian Law, Human Security: The Emerging Framework for the Non-Use and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons,” with the purpose to develop the Vancouver Declaration on the legal imperative to eliminate nuclear weapons. See the link above for more information on the conference.
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.
The "Humanitarian Law, Human Security: the Emerging Paradigm for Non-Use and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Conference" was hosted by The Simons Foundation and co-convened by The Simons Foundation and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) in acknowledgement of the Simons Chairs in International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University.
Progress toward the internationally mandated goal of prohibiting and eliminating all nuclear weapons depends on a durable foundation of political will and a reliable set of legal/technical/security mechanisms to assure compliance. Project Ploughshares works with a broad range of national and international constituencies and partners aimed at deepening the global commitment to nuclear abolition, and encouraging the research and policy development needed to facilitate global and irreversible nuclear disarmament.
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. The Foundation provided organizational support throughout the process as the private funder and principal sponsor. The Government of Sweden responded to the UN Under-Secretary-General’s call and formed The Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission.
The Steps toward a Nuclear Weapons Convention: Exploring and Developing Legal and Political Aspects seminar and roundtable on November 13, 2008 brought legal and political experts together with delegates from 35 countries, including some Nuclear Weapons States, to explore the legal, technical and political elements required for comprehensive nuclear abolition and to identify steps toward this goal which could be taken in the short and medium term.
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.