UNFOLD ZERO thanks everyone who took action for nuclear disarmament on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days. (See Global list of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day actions).
Now we look forward to September 26, United National International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day), and the day in 1983 when a nuclear war was almost initiated by accident (See The Man who Saved the World).
Nuclear Abolition Day 2018 occurs as world leaders (Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers...) are in New York for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Key actions and events for Nuclear Abolition Day
- Sep 26 High Level Meeting. The United Nations will hold a half-day High-Level Meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on September 26. The High-Level Meeting is just a forum for governments to make statements. However, it can be used to promote key initiatives. Click here if you would like to attend the High-Level Meeting as an observer (space is limited and August 25 is deadline for application).
In addition, two civil society representatives will be chosen to speak at the High Level Conference. The UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is preparing a nomination list. Contact UNODA for more information.
- Support the UN Summit. The UN decided to hold a three-day High Level Conference (Summit) on Nuclear Disarmament in May 2018. However, pro-nuclear forces have managed to have the Summit postponed, and are now trying to have the Summit canceled altogether (See Nuclear Weapon States' Long Arm Seen Behind Deferral of Landmark UN Conference). If the Summit proceeds, it could provide important opportunities to make concrete progress on nuclear war prevention and disarmament initiatives, such as de-alerting, no-first use, nuclear stockpile reductions and building more support for the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Other actions and events
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