Individuals and organizations from across the globe work together in Abolition 2000 Working Groups on various issues and campaigns to further the elimination of nuclear weapons. We invite you to join a Working Group to participate with others on an aspect of nuclear abolition that interests you or to share information and exchange resources on your current projects. If you are working on an issue not listed below, write to us for help in forming a new Working Group.
Current Working Groups:
Nuclear risk reduction
The world is at high risk with more than 1500 nuclear bombs in high alert status, ready to be launched by the US and Russia in less than 20 minutes. This working group (formerly called the De-Alerting Working Group) promotes measures to reduce the risks of nuclear weapons being used and to lower the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines. These include de-alerting, eliminating launch on warning, lowering threat postures and adopting policies of no-first-use and/or sole purpose.
Gathering and disseminating information and health data on the toxic effects of depleted uranium to human well-being and the environment. Calling for an end to the use of depleted uranium in weapons systems.
Economic Dimensions of Nuclearism Working Group
The wider debates on the economic crisis, government austerity cuts and a sharper scrutiny of public budgets has made cost of nuclear weapons more salient in nuclear disarmament debates. There is a need to share information and ideas, not only about the scale and the nature of the problem, but also about ways to challenge decision-makers in both public and private sectors.
Supporting the adoption of a fissile material treaty. Compiling a “shadow inventory” of nuclear materials worldwide in lieu of the accounting for these materials which governments have so far failed to provide.
ICAN Nuke U
Using the momentum and normative value of the ban treaty to advance nuclear disarmament in nuclear-armed and other nuclear-reliant States.
Indigenous Peoples’ Issues
The Indigenous Peoples Working Group serves as a forum for the exchange of information, research and news on nuclear issues affecting indigenous communities across the globe.
The Interfaith working group brings different religious and spiritual communities together to highlight the immorality of nuclear weapons and the responsibility of faith-based communities to work for peace, cooperative security and a nuclear-weapon-free world.
The group works to raise the profile of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), laws of peace and security, environmental law, human rights law, rights of future generations and other sources of law applicable to nuclear weapons.
Mayors for Peace
Enrolling mayors around the world in Mayors for Peace and encouraging them to participate in campaign actions for a nuclear-weapons-free world.
Moving Beyond Missile Defense and Space Weapons
Reporting on developments in missile technology and deployment, and the implications for security and nuclear disarmament. This includes evaluating, and promoting draft agreements on missile control.
Nuclear Weapons Convention
Promoting consideration of and negotiations towards a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC), which would prohibit the development, production, testing, stockpiling, transfer, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons and provide for their elimination.
Nuclear Weapon Free Zones
The Nuclear Weapon Free Zones (NWFZ) Working Group supports existing regional NWFZs and promotes the establishment of additional NWFZs including in the Arctic, Europe, Middle East and North East Asia.
Nukes Out of Europe
Nukes Out of Europe is a working group of Abolition 2000 comprised of NGOs working in NATO countries advocating the removal of the US nuclear weapons from Europe.
The Parliamentary Outreach working group works with Abolition 2000 members to enroll their legislators/parliamentarians in Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and to join PNND initiatives and actions.
Peace, disarmament and SDGs: Global week of action Sep 21 – 26
This working group highlights the connections between peace, climate protection, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and disarmament (especially nuclear disarmament). The working group calls for a Global week for Peace, climate protection, sustainable development and nuclear abolition bringing together Sep 21: UN International Day for Peace (Peace One Day); Sep 23: UN Climate Summit;Sep 24-25: Summit on SDGs; and Sep 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
Radiation / Health Effects
A network of experienced health workers, scientists, physicians, activists, and other experts on radiation effects, gathering information and issuing reports and documents on the truth about the toxic legacy of the nuclear age.
Successfully advocated for the establishment of an International Renewable Energy Agency. Now working to promote the further development and use of safe, renewable energy sources to replace nuclear energy and fossil fuels.
UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament
The aim of this working group is to build civil society, parliamentary and government support for the UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, and to influence the agenda and ensure success.
Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
Education, direct action and campaigns to prevent space weaponization and the use of nuclear power in space, and to keep space for peaceful purposes.
Working to engage and educate youth about nuclear disarmament.