Countdown to Zero: About Global Zero

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Global Zero is an anti-nuclear weapon campaign featured in the 2010 documentary "Countdown to Zero." The film, directed by Lucy Walker, premiered at Sundance in January and is also currently screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Global Zero was formally launched in Paris in December 2008, when 100 world leaders gathered to announce “a framework for the phased, verified elimination of nuclear weapons, starting with deep reductions to the U.S. and Russian arsenals. Global Zero then gave letters to Presidents Obama and Medvedev urging them to pursue this bold course.”

 

Following an historic joint announcement on April 1, 2009 committing the U.S. and Russia to “a nuclear free world,” the two Presidents took a step even further at their July Summit Meeting in Moscow and declared that both countries would imminently reduce their nuclear arsenals.

 

On September 23, President Obama made his first address to the U.N. General Assembly.  “The time has come for the world to move in a new direction,” he said.  “In an era where our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero-sum game.”  The following day, the United Nations National Security Summit adopted a unanimous resolution calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. Global Zero.

 

Momentum is building as the realization sinks in that the only way to eliminate the nuclear threat is to eliminate all nuclear weapons. Bruce Blair and Matt Brown today count more than 200 signatories to the Global Zero Initiative, and they expect 250 in attendance at the next summit conference in Paris in February 2010, when political, military, scientific, business and religious leaders will strategize in advance of Obama's April summit on nuclear security and the May review of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

 

With the help of Participant's grassroots network of citizen and community activists around the world, a force that has grown incrementally since its inception in 2006 in support of the theatrical release of An Inconvenient Truth, the message of Global Zero will go out to people all over the world.  Almost two dozen campus chapters of Global Zero have been mounted since September 2009, and response to an appeal Global Zero issued recently for student leaders to join the February 2010 summit in Paris has been both overwhelming and international in scope.