Abolition of nuclear weapons.

Justice for impacted communities.

Security for generations to come.

Global Zero is the international movement for nuclear abolition. By combining intersectional grassroots organizing, bold thought leadership, authentic partnerships, evocative storytelling, and innovative policy solutions, we’re building power to eliminate nuclear weapons and secure justice for communities harmed by the poisonous legacy of these weapons. 

In 2022, we supercharged our strategic capacity by merging with our long-time grassroots mobilization partner, Beyond the Bomb. With a reimagined and expanded vision, we have embraced a new organizational strategy that’s grounded in today’s geopolitical reality and oriented to the future. This trail-blazing effort carries forward a multipronged, transdisciplinary, campaign-centered strategy to influencing policy, marrying the rebellious spirit of Beyond the Bomb with the pragmatic idealism of Global Zero. 

This new, expanded Global Zero community understands that the only way to eliminate the nuclear threat – including proliferation, nuclear terrorism, and humanitarian catastrophe – is to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, secure all nuclear materials, and eliminate all nuclear weapons: global zero. It starts by recognizing that the only thing holding us back are the limiting beliefs that define the current paradigm, namely the idea that security can be built on threats of mass destruction. 

Since its launch in Paris in December 2008, Global Zero has grown to include 300 world leaders and hundreds of thousands of citizens worldwide; hosted four Global Zero Summits and numerous regional conferences; built an international student movement with more than 175 campus chapters in 29 countries; produced an acclaimed documentary, Countdown to Zero, with the team behind An Inconvenient Truth; launched cutting-edge international campaigns in key countries; and produced compelling, high-production videos to reach millions of people worldwide with an irresistible call to action.

We have released bold, prominently covered policy reports from “blue-ribbon” Global Zero commissions, including: (1) the Global Zero Action Plan for the phased and verified elimination of nuclear weapons by date certain; (2) the World Spending on Nuclear Weapons Report, a groundbreaking analysis of the $1 trillion per decade cost of nuclear weapons globally; (3) the NATO-Russia Commission Report, outlining a process for the removal of all U.S. and Russian tactical nuclear weapons from the European continent; and (4) the Nuclear Risk Reduction Commission Report, outlining steps nuclear-armed states can take to reduce the risk of nuclear use on the way to abolition.

Senior political leaders around the world have endorsed Global Zero, with U.S. President Barack Obama declaring, “Global Zero will always have a partner in me and my administration.” Leading newspapers – including The New York Times, The Economist, and the Financial Times – have backed Global Zero’s plan, with the Financial Times concluding, “Global Zero’s plan has shown the direction to be travelled; the world’s leaders must now start moving.” [1]

Global Zero’s work has never been more important. Our success means not only an end to nuclear weapons, but a paradigm shift in global security — and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redefine what it means to be safe, to be stable, to thrive. That is what the entire international Global Zero movement is working for – leaders, impacted communities, experts, artists, and activists – weaving together justice-centered efforts to build a future beyond the bomb.

  1. [1] “The Road to Zero,” Financial Times, June 22, 2011.