For 17 years the Conference on Disarmament, the world’s principal multilateral disarmament negotiating body, has been blocked. Now a new United Nations forum has been established in Geneva to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.
The UN Open Ended Working Group, open to all governments and to representatives of civil society, has started in a promising way – helping bridge the gaps between governments and find common approaches to make progress.
People from around the world have been sending videos and photos to encourage governments to make the OEWG a success. We showed the Open the Door Compilation Video in the UN, Geneva, during the OEWG meeting in August.
Make a simple video — or take photos — of yourself, your friends or family, your pet, your mayor or parliamentarian, or a celebrity... walking through a door, from this world (with nuclear weapons) to a nuclear weapons free world (represented by something that makes your life beautiful).
Send us your videos and photos by October 10, 2013 and we will add them to an updated compilation video that will be shown in New York during the session of the UN General Assembly First Committee that deals with nuclear disarmament, to demonstrate that people wish for a nuclear weapons free world.
"Open the Door" call for action aims to capture people around the world opening the door from our current world of nuclear weapons to a nuclear weapons free world – and then walking through the door. We aim for a huge variety of Open the Door video clips and photographs. Some will be funny, some serious, some inspiring, others thought-provoking. Be as creative as you wish.
Website is maintained by the Basel Peace Office, the logistical host for the Abolition 2000 Task Force on the OEWG.
For more information on the UN Open Ended Working Group see www.baselpeaceoffice.org/oewg.
Join the Abolition 2000 Task Force on the OEWG - read more about the Task Force and what we have done so far.