Getting to Zero Timeline: 2009

December 2009: International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) publishes final report: Eliminating Nuclear Weapons: A Practical Agenda for Global Policymakers, Gareth Evans and Yoriko Kawaguchi, Co-Chairs, International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

November 23, 2009: Op naar een kernwapenvrije wereld (“Toward a nuclear weapon free world,” English translation available via Pax Christi.)
Ruud Lubbers, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands; Max van der Stoel, former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Hans van Mierlo, former Minister of Defense and of Foreign Affairs; and Frits Korthals Altes, former Minister of Justice, opinion in NRC Handelsblad.

October 25, 2009: New German government to seek removal of US nuclear weaponsDeutsche Welle.

October 21, 2009: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC. (Speech on “preventing nuclear terrorism” as “fourth pillar” of non-proliferation regime.)

October 14, 2009: Pour un désarmement nucléaire mondial, seule réponse à la prolifération anarchique
Alain Juppé, former Prime Minister of France; Bernard Norlain, retired Air Force General; Alain Richard, former Minister of Defense; Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister, opinion in Le Monde.

September 24, 2009:

September 23, 2009: Remarks by the President to the United Nations General Assembly (US President Barack Obama’s “Four Pillars” speech), UN Headquarters, New York, NY.

September 9, 2009: Nuclear-free world ultimate aim of new cross-party pressure group, Julian Borger, The Guardian.

July 17, 2009: Trident submarine deal delayed
Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian.

July 16, 2009: Road to 2010: Addressing the nuclear question in the 21st century, (UK) Cabinet Office, Presented by the Prime Minister to Parliament.

July 13, 2009: Voters want Britain to scrap all nuclear weapons, ICM poll shows, Julian Glover, The Guardian.

July 8, 2009: L’Aquila Statement on Non-Proliferation
Official website of the G8 Summit.

  • “We are all committed to seeking a safer world for all and to creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons, in accordance with the goals of the NPT.” (paragraph 6)

July 6, 2009: The Joint Understanding for the START Follow-on Treaty Office of the Press Secretary, White House Fact Sheet.

June 11, 2009: Putin Talks of Giving Up Nukes
The Associated Press via The Moscow Times.

June 4, 2009: US President Barack Obama calls for world free of nuclear weapons during tour of the Middle East
Text of full speech delivered at Cairo University, The New York Times.

June 3, 2009: Obama praises McCain’s commitment to abolishing nukes, Eric Zimmerman, The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room.

May 1, 2009: Tories cast doubt on £21 billion Trident nuclear missile upgrade, Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt, The Guardian.

April 17, 2009: Ex-US Sec State urges Republicans to back test ban, Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press via the Washington Post.

April 10, 2009: Foreign Minister Wants US Nukes out of Germany, Der Spiegel.

April 5, 2009: President Barack Obama delivers landmark speech in Prague: US President calls for a world free of nuclear weapons. Also available on C-SPAN video.

March 17, 2009: Brown pushes for world reduction in nuclear weapons as he makes Iran offer, Allegra Stratton and agencies, (Read the Prime Minister’s speech.)

March 3, 2009: Nuclear Disarmament on Italian G8 Presidency’s List of Priorities
G8 Summit 2009 Official Website.

February 4, 2009: David Miliband sets out six-point plan to rid world of nuclear weapons, The Guardian. (Text of plan.)

January 9, 2009: Four German statesmen declare their support for the vision of a world without nuclear weapons. Toward a nuclear-free world: a German view in the International Herald Tribune.

Authors: Helmut Schmidt (Social Democrat), Chancellor 1974-1982; Richard von Weizsdcker (Christian Democrat), President 1984-1994; Egon Bahr, Minister in Social Democratic governments and an architect of “ostpolitik;” Hans-Dietrich Genscher (Free Democrats), Foreign Minister 1974-1992.

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