Global Wave concludes – Peace and Planet continues

Next campaign focus: The UN General Assembly

Global Wave 2015 thanks everyone who was involved in the very successful global campaign we did with Peace and Planet in April/May to encourage governments meeting at the United Nations for the 2015 NPT Review Conference to agree to start a diplomatic process to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. 

There were over 100 exciting Global Wave actions, including in Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guam, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall islands, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam and other countries.

There were waves at schools & universities, homes & workplaces, city halls & parliaments, places of worship & interfaith gatherings, peace monuments & museums, at music festivals & sports events, at nuclear weapons deployment sites and production facilities, and at conferences and special anniversary events. See a video of global wave actionsslide show of Global Wave actions and news articles on some of the interesting waves.

These actions, and other actions of Peace and Planet, were presented to the Abolition 2000 global network to eliminate nuclear weapons at its annual meeting in New York on May 2. The actions were presented to the governments at a plenary session of the UN conference on May 1, as well as through private meetings with government representatives, social media (twitter and facebook), and at a side event at the United Nations on May 17.

The result was that the governments, in the final days of the UN conference, appeared ready to establish a United Nations process (an Open Ended Working Group) to take forward comprehensive nuclear disarmament negotiations. 

This proposal was part of the final draft outcome document for the conference. Unfortunately, the outcome document was not adopted due to disagreements over a fast-track process to establish a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction. However, the proposal for the UN Open Ended Working Group will most likely be picked up by the UN General Assembly in October. See The NPT Phoenix – Success from the ashes of failure.

Peace and Planet has decided to continue the global mobilisation for a nuclear-weapon-free world with a focus on global actions to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9) and to commemorate the UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on September 26 (nuclear abolition day).

The actions for Nuclear Abolition Day will include:

  • special screenings of the movie ‘The Man Who Saved the World’ in parliaments, universities and public theatres around the world,
  • an action calling on world leaders to highlight nuclear abolition when they speak at the United Nations for the opening session in September, and
  • a call on the UN General Assembly to establish an Open Ended Working Group to pave the way for negotiations to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons globally. 

Peace and Planet will be cooperating with the Basel Peace OfficeUNFOLD ZERO and Abolition 2000 on these plans. Please join us in this next exciting wave for nuclear abolition. Contact Basel Peace Office for more information.