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The Issue

Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity. As long as these weapons remain in existence, it is inevitable that they will someday be used, whether by design, accident or miscalculation. The nuclear powers must get serious about taking steps towards the eventual total elimination of nuclear weapons.

Our Approach

We believe that nuclear disarmament is most likely to be achieved through a practical step-by-step process which can get buy-in from all governments, including the nuclear powers and their allies. We therefore advocate that the immediate, medium term objective should be to focus on minimisation of nuclear weapons, but with total nuclear disarmament as the ultimate end goal. 

UN Photo / Paulo Filgueiras
Molly Riley / The Elders

The Elders' Agenda on Nuclear Minimisation

  1. Doctrine: every nuclear state should make an unequivocal “No First Use” declaration
  2. De-alerting: almost all warheads should be taken off high alert status
  3. Deployment: substantially reduce the one-quarter of all nuclear warheads that are currently operationally deployed
  4. Decrease: dramatically cut the number of nuclear weapons in existence


Our call to preserve peace for future generations

Watch Ban Ki-moon, Ernesto Zedillo, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mary Robinson explain why all nuclear powers must pursue policies of nuclear minimisation.

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