On October 11-12, 2011, the 25th anniversary of the historic Reykjavik
Summit when Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev astonished the world by nearly agreeing to eliminate all nuclear weapons, 100 eminent international leaders gathered at The Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library to call on heads-of-government to revitalize this
vision and initiate the first in history multilateral negotiations for
the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Participants include former US Secretaries of State George Shultz,
who will open the Summit Tuesday morning, and James Baker, who will
address the gala dinner Tuesday evening; Gen. (Ret.) James Cartwright
(former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), and business leaders Richard Branson and Jeff Skoll, speaking on a panel on the cost of nuclear weapons directly following Gen. Cartwright’s speech.
To stop proliferation and achieve Ronald Reagan’s dream of “the total
elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the earth,”
Global Zero calls on heads-of-government to hold a Nuclear Weapons
Summit to launch the first in history multilateral negotiations for the
phased elimination of arsenals and universal, unrestricted verification.
Global Zero notes that since 2009-2010, when Presidents Obama and
Medvedev declared their commitment to the elimination of nuclear weapons and negotiated the New START treaty, momentum has stalled.
Heads-of-government have been occupied with other challenges, including a faltering global economy and rapid change and upheaval in the Middle
East. But what many of them emphatically declared just a couple of years
ago remains true today: nuclear weapons pose the most urgent threat to
the world, and the only way to eliminate that threat is to eliminate all
Until the Global Zero goal gets back to the top of the international
agenda, nuclear weapons will continue to spread, increasing the risk
that they will be used. If Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev – at the
height of the Cold War – could come together to cut nuclear weapons,
today’s leaders can do the same.
For more information, go to http://www.globalzero.org/
To read Dr. Dodge’s comments on the event, go to http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/15/dodge-a-25-year-journey-from-reykjavik-to-county/
Sign the petition to cut spending on nuclear weapons at http://www.cutnukes.org/