In April 1995, the 25-year-old Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was reviewed at the United Nations to evaluate whether it should be extended. Activists from around the world were dismayed that, in renewing the treaty, nations had left the issue of nuclear abolition off the agenda. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from dozens of countries worldwide responded by writing the founding document of Abolition 2000, setting out an eleven-point program for nuclear disarmament and calling for negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons. Over 2,000 organizations in more than 90 countries have now enrolled and are actively participating in various working groups to accomplish Abolition 2000’s mission.
Abolition 2000 is an international global network working for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons within a time-bound framework. It is open to all organizations endorsing the Abolition 2000 Statement. The Network aims at providing groups concerned with nuclear issues a forum for the exchange of information and the development of joint initiatives. The Abolition 2000 Network meets once a year and communicates on an ongoing basis via a number of list serves and through conferences, teleconferencing, and periodic mailings.
At the 2003 Annual Meeting during the NPT preparatory conference in Geneva, Abolition 2000 launched a new initiative to work with the Mayor of Hiroshima on the Mayors for Peace” program. The program aims at bringing mayors from around the world together in support of completing negotiations for nuclear disarmament by 2005. Abolition 2000 is also working to register at least 2