Abolition 2000 – Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

The 2012 Abolition 2000 Annual General meeting took place on May 5 at the Kulturzentrum Amerlinghuas in Vienna, Austria.  Almost 100 participants from 20 countries and representing 40 organisations took part in the all day meeting.

The meeting agreed to issue a statement, in the name of the meeting participants, to the Japanese government and colleague organisations in Japan commemorating the shut-down of the last operating nuclear power reactor there. The meeting also agreed to move the secretariat of the network from Pax Christi, USA to IKV Pax Christi in the Netherlands, and to send a note of thanks to Pax Christi USA, and to affirm the transfer of fiscal sponsorship to Western States Legal Foundation in the USA.

During the meeting reports were presented by affiliated networks, including the Parliamentary Network for Non-proliferation and Disarmament; Mayors for Peace; International Alliance of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA); the Global Network Against Nuclear Power and Weapons in Space; the Middle Powers Initiative, and; the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

The meeting welcomed new members to the Global Council, and affirmed the continued service of the Coordinating Committee. A long list of things that individuals or organisation could do to help create a nuclear weapons free world was developed during the meeting. Information was also shared about ongoing initiatives of network members and a timeline of upcoming activities and relevant events was developed.

The meeting concluded with a positive spirit, with engaged and energised actors and activist, and with an enthusiasm for creating a nuclear weapons free world, in our lifetimes.

Read the full meeting report here.