Abolition 2000 – Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

On Thursday May 7, UNFold Zero, a new platform for United Nations (UN) focused initiatives and actions for the achievement of a nuclear weapons free world, was launched at the United Nations in New York by the Basel Peace Office, PragueVision, Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament(PNND) and Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace.

UNFOLD ZERO aims to unfold the path to zero nuclear weapons through effective steps and measures facilitated by the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, UN Secretary-General and other UN bodies. (See About UNFold Zero)

Virginia Gamba (Director of the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs) speaking at the launch

The launch event at the United Nations was chaired by the NGO Committee on Disarmament and featured Virginia Gamba (Director of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs), Mr Daniel Tumpal S. Simanjuntak, from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Alyn Ware (PNND and Basel Peace Office).

UN actions discussed at the event included:

UNFolding Zero at the United Nations

UNFOLD ZERO highlights key UN Days related to the achievement of a nuclear weapon free world. In 2014, UNFOLD ZERO will focus on September 26, the inaugural commemoration of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. UNFOLD ZERO will provide a platform for governments, parliaments and civil society to post announcements, photos and reports of actions and events to commemorate this day. See September 26 actions.

UNFOLD ZERO will also promote other relevant UN days including:

  • January 24. Anniversary of UN General Assembly Resolution 1 (I)
  • April 22. World Earth Day
  • August 29. International Day Against Nuclear Tests
  • September 21. International Day for Peace
  • October 24-30. UN Disarmament Week
  • October 2. International Day of Nonviolence
  • December 10. Human Rights Day

Click here for the speech of Ms Virginia Gamba.