Global Zero’s New Video on Nuclear Disarmament

Global Zero, which the Skoll Global Threats Fund supports, has created a compelling video, narrated by Michael Douglas, urging people to join the movement to eliminate nuclear weapons over the next two decades. Watch it below.

Global Zero Summit at Reagan Library Talks Nuclear Disarmament

The Skoll family of organizations had good representation at the Global Zero Summit last week at the Reagan Presidential Library, with Jeff Skoll participating on a panel on the costs of nuclear weapons, Skoll Global Threats Fund President Larry Brilliant and I attending, and Jenna Briand of TakePart.com, the digital division of Participant Media, also participating. The Skoll Global Threats Fund supports Global Zero in its efforts to build public and policy support for the gradual reduction – and eventual elimination – of nuclear weapons. This sounds like pie in the sky stuff, until you realize some of the biggest supporters of this goal are key players from the Cold War. George Schultz, Reagan’s Secretary of State, kicked off the conference, and James Baker, George H.W. Bush’s Secretary of State, also spoke. So did recently retired General James Cartwright, the former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command. These aren’t idealistic doves. Here’s a short video with an overview of the Summit, including segments with Jeff Skoll and George Shultz:

Global Zero Summit from TakePart on Vimeo.

Here’s Larry Brilliant with his take on the nuclear issue.

The next step in the Global Zero Action Plan (pdf) is to push for multilateral negotiations on nuclear weapons reduction. The largest weapons holders – the U.S. and Russia – continue to engage on driving their numbers down, so the idea of extending the discussion to all the nuclear players isn’t as much of a stretch as it might seem. The broad range of players that participated at the Summit – including all nuclear weapons states except North Korea – certainly show broad momentum for the goal.