Abolition 2000 – Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

Reaching High for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World Conference

Charles University, Prague Nov 27-29, 2017

Organised by the Abolition 2000 Youth Network.
Co-sponsored by the Basel Peace Office, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Prague Vision Institute for Sustainable Security, Centre for Security Policy at Charles University (SBP) and UNFOLD ZERO

This was a  conference for young academics, professionals and activists to advance initiatives and build cooperation for nuclear disarmament.

The conference was held just before the Prague Insecurity Conference, which flows on from the Prague Agenda Conferences held annually since former U.S. President Barack Obama gave his historic speech in Prague putting forward the vision and commitment to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.

There is now a different U.S. administration, as well as new political realities and international conflicts to be addressed in order to reduce the risks of nuclear confrontation and make progress toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. There are also new opportunities including the Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) adopted at the United Nations in July 2017, and the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament (UNHLC) which will take place in May 2018.

A key focus of the conference was to explore the political and economic dynamics of nuclear weapons policies, and the ways in which youth can engage with parliamentarians, governments, UN agencies and other civil society networks to influence policy and support the UN processes, especially the 2018 UNHLC.

The conference included workshop sessions, networking, musical performance, a social media action, other action planning and a visit to the ATOM Muzeum, a former nuclear weapons depot approximately one-hour drive from Prague.

Workshop sessions, with opening presentations by youth, included:

  1. Nuclear risk reduction and incremental disarmament measures;
  2. Nuclear weapons and sustainable development – economic aspects including nuclear divestment;
  3. The TPNW and other international law prohibiting nuclear weapons;
  4. 2018 UNHLC on nuclear disarmament;
  5. Engaging parliamentarians, UN, mayors and other key constituencies;
  6. Planning youth actions and intergenerational cooperation.

The conference released Reach High for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World, a youth appeal to world leaders to participate constructively in the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

Click here for the conference flyer. Click here for the Prague youth conference program.