Voices from Around the World

The response to the work of the four leaders and their op-eds calling for a world without nuclear weapons was dramatic, and it reverberated around the globe. Other leaders from 13 countries made similar statements in support of the vision and the steps, and the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously for a resolution "to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons," a vote which included China, Russia, the United States, France and Great Britain. World leaders also have taken a range of substantive steps, including at the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit, where the largest number of heads of state ever to meet in Washington agreed to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials in four years, and at the follow-up 2012 summit in Seoul.

Among the published op-eds from former prime ministers, defense ministers, foreign secretaries and military leaders around the world:

"Imagine there's no bomb." Malcolm Fraser, Gustav Nossal, Barry Jones, Peter Gration, John Sanderson, and Tilman Ruff, 8 April 2009, The Age.

"Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World." Willy Claes, Guy Verhofstadt, Jean-Luc Dehaene, and Louis Michel, 19 February 2010, The Standaard.

"Toward a world without nuclear weapons." Jean Chrétien, Joe Clark, Ed Broadbent, and Lloyd Axworthy, 25 March 2010, The Globe and Mail.

"For Global Nuclear Disarmament, the Only Means to Prevent Anarchic Proliferation." Alain Juppe, Michel Rocard, Alain Richard, and Bernard Norlain, 14 October 2009, Le Monde.

"Toward a nuclear-free world: a German view." Helmut Schmidt, Richard von Weizsäcker, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, and Egon Bahr, 9 January 2009, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and International Herald Tribune.

"Towards a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World." Massimo D'Alema, Gianfrance Fini, Giorgio La Malfa, Arturo Parisi, and Francesco Calogero, 24 July 2008, Il Corriere della Sera.

The Netherlands
"Toward A Nuclear Weapon Free World." Ruud Lubbers, Max van der Stoel, Hans van Mierlo and Frits Korthals Altes, 23 November 2009, NRC Handelsblad.

"A Nuclear Weapon-Free World." Odvar Nordli, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Kåre Willoch, Kjell Magne Bondevik, and Thorvald Stoltenberg, 4 June 2009, Aftenposten.

"The Unthinkable Becomes Thinkable: Towards Elimination of Nuclear Weapons." Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Tadeusz Mazowieck, and Lech Walesa, 3 April 2009, Gazeta Wyborcza.

"From Nuclear Deterrence to Universal Security." Yevgeny Primakov, Igor Ivanov, Yevgeny Velikhov, and Mikhail Moiseev, 15 October 2010, Izvestia, Russia: Beyond the Headlines

"The Nuclear Threat." Mikhail Gorbachev, 31 January 2007, The Wall Street Journal.

South Korea
"A road map for a nuclear free world." Lee Hong-koo, Han Sung-joo, Park Kwan-yong, Paik Sun-yup, 23 June 2010, JoongAng Daily.

"Swedish Declaration on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons." Ingvar Carlsson, Hans Blix, Karin Söder, and Rolf Ekeus, 11 April 2010, DN.se.

United Kingdom
"Start worrying and learn to ditch the bomb." Douglas Hurd, Malcolm Rifkind, David Owen and George Robertson, 30 June 2008, The Times.

October 1, 2010

The response to the work of the four leaders and their op-eds calling for a world without nuclear weapons was dramatic, and it reverberated around the globe.