UNFOLD ZERO Newsletter

Dear friends,
Civil society is acting in a Chain Reaction of events around the world for nuclear abolition. Are you part of the action?

Please inform us of your action or event to include on the Chain Reaction 2016 map and list of events. Here are a few examples of influential actions and inspiring events.


   - Joint statement of legislators and religious leaders
Have your mayor, local parliamentarian and religious leaders endorsed this statement? It calls for the replacement of nuclear deterrence with common security, and for negotiations on a global treaty to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.

Launched in Hiroshima on August 6, 2015, it has been already been presented to the President of the UN General Assembly and to the Chair of the UN OEWG. Later this year Mayors for Peace, Religions for Peace and PNND will present it to the incoming UN Secretary General to remind him/her of the primary importance of nuclear disarmament.

   - The ATOM Project petition
Have you signed the ATOM Project petition calling for the global abolition of nuclear weapons? The ATOM Project is an initiative led by victims of nuclear tests which highlights the impact of nuclear weapons on current and future generations.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon viewing the nuclear disarmament art of Karipbek Kuyukov, second generation victim of nuclear tests and Ambassador of the ATOM Project
   - Astana Vision: From a Radioactive Haze to a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World
Read the Declaration adopted at the international conference held in Astana on the United Nations Day Against Nuclear Tests. The declaration includes 10 action points to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world. Send the declaration to your government and urge them to take action on these points.

Recent events

   - People's Tribunal on Nuclear Weapons and Human Civilisation
The leaders of the nine nuclear armed States were charged and convicted at the tribunal with crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against future generations. The tribunal was held on the 20th anniversary of the historic International Court of Justice (ICJ) case against nuclear weapons, and drew heavily from the ICJ decision.

   - Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day events
There were countless actions and events around the world to commemorate the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9.

   -  Bike around the Bomb
Youth in over 70 cities around the world organised bike rides around the bomb tracing the circumference of the total damage caused by a nuclear bomb detonated in the centre of their city. Initiated by Global Zero.
Prague Bike around the Bomb starts at Hradcany Square where President Obama delivered his historic Prague Speech for a nuclear-weapon-free world in April 2009.
-  Events at nuclear weapons production, testing and deployment sites
To commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days, and the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, actions were held at nuclear weapons production, testing, command and deployment sites in France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Scotland and the United States.

In Kazakhstan, an international delegation visited the former Soviet nuclear test site following the Astana conference on Building a Nuclear Weapon Free World. See Bearing witness at Kazakhstan's most irradiated site.

Upcoming events

   -  International Day for Peace, Sep 21
The theme this year for the International Day for Peace is The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace. There will be many events which highlight the importance of nuclear disarmament for peace and sustainable development. This includes use re-direction of the $100 billion annual nuclear weapons budget to support the SDG's.

The Global Security Institute, a founding partner of UNFOLD ZERO, is organising a special event Sustainable Peace - Sustainable Development at the United Nations, with three Nobel laureates (all women) and Mr Kim Won-soo - the UN High Representative for Disarmament.
The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was established in 2013 by the UN General Assembly. The day provides an opportunity to educate the public, and national leader,s about the benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them.

Please inform us of your action or event. We will post these on the Chain Reaction 2016 map and list of events. UNFOLD ZERO is again organising the UN commemoration event in Geneva.

   -  Abolition 2000 Annual Meeting, Berlin Sep 29-30
Join nuclear disarmament activists from around the world to share campaign reports, discuss nuclear disarmament strategy, highlight opportunities for action and plan further campaigns.

Abolition 2000, established in 1995, is the global network of organisations and individuals working to eliminate nuclear weapons. Over 2000 non-governmental organisations have endorsed the founding call of Abolition 2000 for a global treaty to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.

Everyone is welcome. Everyone is important. Everyone can make a difference. See Abolition 2000 Annual Meeting. Please register online. For more information contact

   -  IPB Congress 'Disarm for a Climate of Peace', Berlin Sep 30 - Oct 3
An international congress on disarmament and sustainable development. The congress will include a public Chain Reaction 2016 event on Oct 2, the International Day of Non-violence.
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